At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
Since my childhood I have been brought up with a strong sense of equality and freedom. But the need to identify myself as a feminist happened while I was in high school where I realized that girls who are more smarter or even as smart as boys have a real tough time being accepted in normal circles. I was considered as a dominating and bossy girl among my classmates just because I had opinions and the guts to question things when they were wrong.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother who taught me that girls are no less than boys in any way and my father who empowered me and my sister to pursue our dreams without being reminded of our gender.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
It has helped me to be me and not just succumb to the pressures of society and sometimes even to walk against the wind when it's a necessity.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
I help people, especially women, realize that it's not a bad thing to have their own dreams and goals and work for it. I also volunteer at Sayfty, an organization that educates, equips and empowers women and girls against violence. On the personal front I consider myself to be one who is a raised by feminist,married to a feminist and in a pursuit to raise a feminist.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
A world where feminism is not a bad word and we don't need a movement to achieve basic rights for women and girls all over the world.
How I Define Feminism:
My definition of feminism is that of a world order where there is equality of genders and women are celebrated as much as men for the right reasons.
Krishnapriya Nair is an Organizational Development and HR professional with global experience. She is the author of the blog The Ardent HR ( www.theardenthr.com) and was among the Top 100 #PowerWomanAtWork (PeopleMatters Magazine 2016).She currently serves as the Board Member of Minnesota OD Network and is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India.
Krishnapriya is also one of the hosts of #Sayftychat, organized by Sayfty, an organization that educates, equips and empowers women and girls against violence. She deeply cares about women’s issues and vouch for a world where feminism is not a bad word and every person considers herself/himself to be a feminist. She is also a trained Indian Classical Dancer & Koodiyattom Performer, the first art form to be adjudged by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of mankind and was also part of a UNESCO’s program to popularize and preserve the 2000 year old art form.