At what point in your life did you consider yourself a feminist? Was it an event or a process?
I have vivid memories of passionately debating in favor of passage of the ERA in high school in the late 70's. Ironically the arguments and stereotypes against the amendment, and feminism itself haven't changed all that much since then.
Who most influenced your awareness of your feminism?
My mother modeled a strong and independent woman, despite the gender barriers that she faced as a now 87 year-old woman. She wouldn't describe herself as a feminist but I'm convinced I got it from her.
In what ways has your feminism informed your life choices?
Some of the most important choices in my life - to marry, to have children, to quit a job that was discriminatory, and to un-marry have all been influenced by feminism. Having been raised to know that I would need an education and a profession to be comfortably independent was somewhat feminist at the time (I'm a later Boomer) however the resulting ability to make life choices on factors beyond dependence - financial and otherwise - is truly due to feminism and the changed cultural expectations of women.
In what ways do you share your feminism with others?
My work with the Fund for Women & Girls is rewarding, inspiring and fulfilling. Whether working with board and community leaders, collaborating with nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies or building networks of feminists and allies - the commitment to feminism and fundamental equity is clear and hopefully inspiring to others.
Describe your vision of a feminist world.
A feminist world is a humanist world where the full and active participation of women and men in all aspects of life is both respected and celebrated.
How I Define Feminism:
Feminism is a commitment to fundamental equity and fairness.
Sharon Cappetta is the Director of Development at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. As part of her duties, she is the staff lead for The Foundation’s Community Fund for Women & Girls, a 20 year-old women’s endowment fund created to address pressing issues and promising opportunities for women and girls in Greater New Haven. The Fund provides support for programs and services for women and girls, as well as policy, advocacy and research.Sharon is a career fund development professional. Sharon is the proud mother of two.