At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
It has been a process for sure.The epiphany was making signs with my sons to march in the Million Fag March in Topeka, Ks.against Westboro Baptist Church for picketing funerals and outside churches and daycares. I was teaching them to stand up for what they believed in. Later, my son said during an MS Walk, he was walking for people who can't. Mission accomplished. I had raised a man who would be kind to the underdogs, and flatten people who were arrogant, bigots, put them in their place. Simultaneous, I had a wonderful Women's History course and an Ethics course at WVU- Parkersburg.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
Oddly, Rita Mae Brown, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Freda Bradley, and Amy Brenneman and the fictional character Bette Porter- she was courageous , passionate and unafraid.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I have realized my healthcare is possible due to some determined, hard-working ladies. I realized my mother's retirement check of $230 per month after 28 yrs. at a factory was an insult, akin to slave labor. She started working in the late 60's when women's min. wages were Eighty-five cents an hour.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
completely and totally social media, upcoming march in DC Jan. 2017
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou would be world leaders, inciting Soul Sunday globally. Nationally, laws would be in place that respect women as role models, teachers, and preachers and any other occupation currently held by men, with comparable compensation. Likewise, women would be allowed to determine what will or will not go on with their own bodies.
How I Define Feminism:
It's not the typical definition. It has more to do with the planet behaving as nurturers, protecting the underdogs and levelling the playing field in a zen, mother bear type way. The feminism part comes in when it happens and no one is oppressed.
I am a late life Grad Student, because I believe as the world changes, I can still make a difference. Poet/Author/Student/ Mother/ Feminist/Activist