The term feminism is not used in the Bible, however some of the concepts of true feminism can be found there. The difficulty in answering this question is that the same exact word is used with two vastly different meanings. Webster’s dictionary defines feminism as the “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. However, there is another definition of feminism that is used in society which defines a political effort championing a pro-female stance without regard to equality. This feminism advocates such concepts as language equality, gender equality (redefining femininity and masculinity), rights to abortions, lesbianism, and even challenging biblical roles of husbands and wives.
Regarding Webster’s Definition of Feminism
You can find expectations of equality of the sexes within the Bible. Adam and Eve were both created directly by the Creator’s hands. Eve was taken from Adam’s rib, not his feet to be beneath him, nor his head to be above him. She came from his side to be beside him. The Bible also speaks to equality and fairness in pay within the work place. Colossians 4:1 says,“Masters, [employers] give unto your servants [employees] that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” Biblical Christianity has done more to promote the equality and treatment of women than virtually any other religion on the planet. Without Christianity, women would still be treated as they currently are treated in most present-day Islamic countries, where they are legally denied many rights. It is dictated to women even the clothing they must wear, all with the full support of the Koran. However, the Bible teaches the opposite regarding the treatment of women/wives, going so far as to command, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” Colossians 3:19
Regarding the Modern Feminist Movement
Modern feminism has twisted and contorted the true definition of feminism so that nothing can be further from biblical teaching. From the time of Original Sin we find God decreeing in Genesis 3:16, “Unto the woman he said … thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Even into the New Testament we find in 1 Corinthians 11:3, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” The point is there are obvious differences between males and females that cannot be denied or ignored. For example, men cannot have babies and women are typically not physically stronger than men. Additionally, there are God-ordained roles each of the sexes is given to operate within. The modern feminist movement seeks to change even these most obvious and unchangeable truths of the creation model.