empower vs. liberate

To liberate is to set someone free from a circumstance, while to empower is to give someone the authority to act. To empower, in the case of popular feminism, assumes that the only liberation a woman needs is the liberation from her own self-limiting beliefs. Empowerment says that if a woman simply has more confidence than she can claim justice. It acts as if the playing field is level and waiting for women to summon the courage to play.