At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I've always known it in my bones because I've always been motivated by the pursuit of fairness and justice. I started calling myself a feminist after witnessing how Anita Hill was treated during and after the Thomas Supreme Court hearings.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother and my late grandma Georgia's feminist leadership, outspokenness, self-possession and self-actualization inspired my feminism. They were both trailblazers in their fields and taught me to never let other people's limited expectations about what and who you can be stop you from fulfilling your potential.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
Feminism is one of my most cherished values because it simply means that I value dignity, humanity, and equality for people of all genders, including myself. I approach my life with feminism as a part of my moral compass along with my faith and spirituality. I bring a feminist perspective and lens to my work and relationships, and I attempt to enliven those values in my actions everyday.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I am passionate about collaborating with other women. I try my hardest to lift as I climb. I love supporting and spotlighting other women's work and words. I'm also intentional about supporting women, women of color, and trans-run businesses and organizations. i.e. When I got married at the National Women's Democratic Club, I worked with our pastor to use gender inclusive language in our sermons and prayers, and I hired a feminist eco-friendly wedding planner, Tracy Leaman.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
I envision a world that where all people are free to live peacefully and prosperously with full access to free expression, health, education, safety, reproductive justice, and shelter without fear of persecution or violence.
How I Define Feminism:
Feminism = the political, economic, cultural, and social equality of all people.
Jamia Wilson is a leading voice on feminist and women's rights issues whose work and words have appeared in and on the New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle, Refinery 29, The Today Show, CNN, The Washington Post and more.
She's a staff writer for Rookie Magazine and has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, The V Word, Slut: The Play, When Grace Meets Power and I Still Believe Anita Hill.