FINOLA JENNINGS CLARK
At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
Somewhere in my late teens - I took up Karate and learnt my physical and mental strength equaled that of my male fellow dojo members. It is still a work in progress as my understanding of equity and equality and freedom of choice evolves.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
I don't know that anyone in particular did - I am notoriously bad at remembering who said what, who caused me to think this or that...I think it has more been a general awareness enriched by reading, watching, listening to many people.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
I just don't accept that I am in any way less entitled to make an independent choice in life, or to be judged on anything but my merit. I know it doesn't always work that way, but I always have that at my heart and expect it.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
In my general writing and conversation - if I am confronted with a situation where a woman is being unfairly treated or where there is a general situation, I try to understand what's going on, speak out and help change the situation - I can't say it's my main topic of writing or art, but it does influence a lot of what I do and say.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
It's all about equality - women free to express themselves, to be judged on their merit as men are and compensated equally. Girls able to grow up with their brothers doing the same things - neither consigned to one type of activity, freedom or lack thereof. In Saint Lucia, this includes mothers bringing up their sons to be just as responsible as their daughters, the sons having good role models in their Dads and teachers - something sorely lacking here - and so being able to not feel threatened by a powerful woman but to be confident enough to admire her for what she is and be inspired by her.
How I Define Feminism:
The freedom for women to make choices and have full access to opportunities without restrictions placed on them by society because of their gender.
52 years young: A lifetime lover of learning and now heading back out to the world of formal education - travel included! I am half Irish, half English and Saint Lucian (West Indian/Caribbean) at heart: moved to the island of Saint Lucia 2 weeks before my 6th birthday and have been influenced by the Island Effect ever since! I always resisted taking things at face value, listening to my heart and mind speaking clearly of what I experienced as truths - equity of all - gender, race, ethnicity, wealth, beauty, brains - all equal as humans in our wonderful diversity. I'm an artist, writer, community micro-business developer with a passion for photography, nature, wild foods, bare feet on wet grass and beach sand, open minds and life.