So what does Feminism mean to you?
Recently an article went viral about a woman who received negative feedback from an engineering advertising campaign because she didn’t fit the industry stereotype of a young, white or Asian male. Angered, the internet fought back, and popularized the hashtag “ILookLikeanEngineer” to show the diversity in physical appearance that can be found within the field of engineering. This hashtag expresses a support to shut down stereotypes. An engineer isn’t solely embodied by a single cookie cutter image, and similarly, neither is feminism.
Feminism can be embodied by many icons and symbols. It is inclusive, intersectional, and represents equality for all gender identities, sexualities, and races. Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.
So what does Feminism mean to you? What does feminism look like?
Frida Kahlo Cynthia Beavin: Community Outreach & Media Relations Intern
"Feminism means I can be powerful or vulnerable and neither will hurt my chances at being happy or successful."
Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) Ashley Crary: Associate Director of Government Relations
"Feminism means I can be unapologetically myself and not fear repercussions."
Where's Waldo? my rights?
Left// Eme Crawford: Director of Advocacy "Feminism means not just making sure I have equal rights, but making sure people of all gender identities are protected and have opportunities to achieve their dreams."
Right// Megan Plassmeyer: Online Communications Intern "Feminism means you never have to feel like less of woman for having the 'ambition of a man'. Take charge."
Victor Victoria Sarah Kelley: Research & Evaluation Analyst
"To me, feminism is a lifestyle and creed that upholds the worth, value and safety of all humans and animals for our mutual benefit and health."
Romy from Romy+ Michele's High School Reunion Brandi Parrish Ellison: Director of Government Relations
(Note says: I'm a business woman from LA. I invented sticky notes.)
"Feminism means I can pump my own gas and still let someone hold the door for me."
Cecile Richards ( President of Planned Parenthood ) Melissa Davis
“Feminism is rethinking gender stereotypes to provide men and women equal opportunities to prosper in the family, the workplace, and daily life.”
Cats Against Cat Calls Katie Zenger Director of Research, Evaluations, and Grants
"Feminism is the core of my motivation, the reason I wake up in the morning, and forms the basis of how I love the people I love and the way I interact with the world. I’m interested in inciting revolution and fighting oppression, racism, classism and exploring/exploding gender issues beyond the binary of women and men, or the fake idea of women vs. men; only feminism is built on all of those things."
Halloween can be pretty scary, but nothing is spookier than a society that does not justify the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. Be a social justice warrior, and support universal equality.