Tips for Being an Intersectional Feminist this Women's Equality Day
Women's Equality Day is celebrated yearly on August 26th to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Though this day is remembered for being one that made women more equal to men, we know that more work must be done. To be equal, we must continue to make strides for women of all backgrounds all around the world.
These feminist influencers, bloggers, artists, and change makers offered their tip or suggestions as to how to practice intersectional feminism today, on Women's Equality Day, but really every day, to ensure that we're continuing to make strides and push for a truly equal world.
Bring people with you as you accomplish things and access new spaces. That means that you shouldn’t close any doors behind you or keep your community out. Always consider your privilege but don’t stop there, think about how you can spend your privilege and use it to uplift others, as Brittany Packnett discusses.
Blair is Black, Queer, & Muslim activist. She is the author of ModernHERstory and founder of equalityforHER
Above Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien.
"Learn to listen. It’s important to know your own identity and stand up for yourself when it is your place. Other times, when it comes to advocating for others that you might not identify with, it is more important to amplify the voices of others and learn to listen."
Nadya is the Founder of PERIOD and Author of Period Power.
Acknowledge your privileges!! Recognizing the privileges you hold and using them to lift up and shed light on the struggles of others is an important part of intersectional feminism. Take time to learn from those who are treated unjustly. Help work towards a solution that promotes justice and ensures equality. Remember, just because an issue doesn’t affect you personally, that does not mean it isn’t an issue you should fight for. Intersectional feminism is the all-inclusive fight for equal rights, and acknowledging your own privileges is an easy step in the right direction.
Oliva is a feminist fashion blogger at www.absolutelyolivia.com.
Intersectionality is so hard, sometimes. As a mixed race woman of color (I'm half Taiwanese and half white), I've learned that the best way for me to aid other women of color is both by talking about my own experiences as an Asian American and also stepping back and shining light on other woman of different races, genders, sexualities, etc. I will never be able to fully understand the experiences that other women go through, but I can talk about my own so that other women feel less alone. I am constantly learning about the experiences other women go through so that I can support them, but I do have to make sure I am never speaking for them, but instead shining light on them.
Anabelle is a content creator whose hub is www.mixed-hues.com.
My tip for being an Intersectional Feminist this Women's Equality Day (and every day) is to think and act beyond yourself. It’s easy to call yourself a feminist and to feel deserving of equal rights. What’s not easy is being able to take a step back and check your privilege, reevaluate your rights compared to other women who may also be marginalized for their ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class or physical appearance. Until your fight for equality includes ALL women from every walk of life, our society will never be an equal one. Remember, you cannot be a true Intersectional Feminist if you believe your rights are more important than another woman’s rights. We stick together, we fight together and we accomplish together. Happy Women’s Equality Day!
Elle is an intersectional influencer at @_askelle on Instagram.
My tip for being an intersectional feminist is to recognize that often times unlearning is more important than learning. It's not about forgetting everything you've already learned. It's about re-examining everything you've been taught about history and reality, to lay bare your perceptions of society and recognize the ways in which you may be unknowingly supporting or benefitting from a structurally biased system. We grew up in patriarchal societies that affect women in different ways at different levels. Unlearning is a matter of peeling back layers of subtle racism, ableism, and discrimination based on socio-economic status that exist within your feminism.