There's nothing better than walking the talk! Wouldn't you agree? All this feminism talk and endorsing that's going around and many of us jumping on the wagon of it has me reflecting on questions: what type of feminism are we practicing in our lives? The women preaching sounds and feels good, but how far are we really from the truth of it in our lives? Who are our friends? What kind of feminist women are we promoting and more importantly, what are the feminist women we stand by promoting? How progressive are we being as women?
There's this understanding of feminism being a fight for equal rights and opportunities--in my personal view, it doesn't mean being equal to actual men, but to have access and equal reward to opportunities. Feminism has taken different legal and cultural waves in U.S. history. Throughout these waves of changes, there is one thing that bothers me about feminism and women history in my country and I lobby change for it; the lack of recognition and inclusion of all women. I mean, if we are going to really talk about fairness, it first starts at home with our kind, otherwise we're promoting that type of male mentality 'women division' hurtful to themselves and women and not to mention, racism too! That's not progressive, that's just feeding the human destructive mentality. One example of this lack of women-to-women support dates back to early American women movements and really the tone throughout history is women's right activist, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett and her opposition from white feminists. It's this lack of recognition among us that bothers me profoundly and questions how much of a change are we doing for women, when we only help the fight of one group and not the other. We're basically taking one step forward and two steps back. So, when Gloria Steinem, a modern day women activist came out saying Black Women 'Invented The Feminist Movement', it translated to me in array of things! One being channeling our inner-strength in the recognition of women--a future of womanhood I envisioned for our daughters.
This good 'women power' feeling that we're currently experiencing is a great thing, but it can only be effective by actually practicing women diversity in our lives and businesses. I feel it will also strengthen our individuality too. Maybe it's the fourth wave of finally leading us to true feminism in America--the inclusion of all women. I can only imagine how much further we could have been, but in all goodness, it's always a good time to be united because together we can indeed be a powerful force!
Written by Mariana Aguilera,
Editor + Founder The Demureist
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