At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
This may sound cliché, but after walking into my first Women’s and Gender Studies class, I began identifying as a feminist. However, one thing I've learned over the years is that being a feminist is more a process than it is a label. It is challenging myself every day to be a more inclusive advocate and a better ally.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My feminism stems from my family - my mom, my grandmother (mima), my older sister. From a family of immigrants, single mothers, and hard-workers, I was raised witnessing the beauties and tragedies of womanhood. Long before I read any feminist theory, I was surrounded by fearless women who embodied feminist ideals in their everyday lives.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I think the best way I share my feminism is through my friendships. Having a supportive group of like-minded women, whether they identify as feminists or not, is in itself a radical feminist action.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
My feminist utopia is a place where a young girl of color can safely walk the streets and not hear a catcall, a place where there is no such things as “coming out” because no one assumes you are straight to begin with, a place where boys don’t get made fun of for crying, a place where leadership actually reflects populations and gender parity is a reality, a place where those are that margins are centered in dialogue AND in policy-making.
How I Define Feminism:
Feminism for me is all about asking questions, digging deeper and demanding more. It is advocating for gender equality, while simultaneously fighting for racial justice, economic justice, LGTBI justice, environmental justice, and so forth. It is recognizing and respecting individual experience and lived-realities, while striving for a collective good.
Chelsea Williams-Diggs currently serves as the Campaign Associate for Girl Up, the adolescent girl campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Chelsea graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor's Degree in Government and Women's and Gender Studies in 2014. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Public Policy with concentration in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies from The George Washington University. Chelsea is passionate about politics, celebrating diversity, and bridging the gap between feminist theory and feminist activism.