Eva is asking participants in this challenge to do a quick start 0f challenge meme.
1. What does feminism mean to you? Does it have to do with the work sphere? The social sphere? How you dress? How you act?
I grew up in the midst of the woman’s movement and feminism has a pretty broad meaning to me. I was raised by a strong, professional mother (she earned her degree in nursing and later went on to become National School Nurse of the Year). Most people think about women’s rights in the workplace, and yes, that is important…but I think it really is more than that. To me, feminism speaks of a woman’s strengths in whatever she chooses to do…whether it be a professional position, a mom, an artist, a spokeswoman, etc… Woman bring compassion, empathy and courage to our world. They consistently reach out to others. Having the freedom to be who we dream of being is a big part of feminism. Many women are not living where they are free – and yet the feminist movement continues in these countries through many different means. To me, feminism represents the courage of women, the striving to be able to pursue our dreams, and the battle to ensure our safety in a world which does not always recognize the rights of women.
2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
Yes, I do (read my definition above!) I don’t burn my bras, but I speak out on issues I think are important to women (really issues that are important to all people). I am inspired by the women out there who are making a difference in our world, who have fought against injustice, and survived some pretty horrible things. I also consistently vote for government representatives who support women’s issues.
3. What do you consider the biggest obstacle women face in the world today? Has that obstacle changed over time, or does it basically remain the same?
Wow, that’s a tough question to narrow down. I guess I would have to say freedom of choice…and by that I mean, being able to be in charge of our own bodies, escaping from abusive situations, and having economic freedom. I think that has been an ongoing challenge for women. There is still a lot of sexism in the world. Our laws do not always protect women. We find ourselves continuing to face threats to our freedoms. I don’t see this as something that is changing very quickly.