At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
When I was little, I remember my mother telling me that when she was in high school she was given two career paths. She could be a teacher, or she could be a secretary. That was the first time I connected someone I know to inequality based solely on gender. She said to me, “you will have more. We are feminists.” I never looked back.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
It started with my mom, and continues to grow with the strong group of women I know, and reading as much as I can. Being around women who are proud to be who they are with no apologies set a strong constant foundation of feminism and it only continues to grow.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
It informs all of my life choices, from how I am as a romantic partner, to the way I approach my career path and opportunities, to striving to be loud in my opinions and resolute in my understanding of who I am. I think it has also given me compassion for others, and a passion for righting wrong and fighting for injustice.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
Besides sassy tote bags? In my writing – whether that's longform pieces about feminism specifically or personal stories about what it was like growing up as a girl, community is important and showing other women that they are not alone in any of their experiences.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
Equal rights, and the world truly embracing feminine energy and power. Maybe the Spice Girls would get back together.
How I Define Feminism:
Feminism at its simplest is about equal rights, but what I enjoy about feminism as a movement is the love and joy of sisterhood. A sense of community and camaraderie that comes from caring about the same cause and having a deep love of being a woman.
Brooklyn-based, willing to cross bridges.
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