Inspiring Lives Magazine Spring 2017: Issue 4 - Page 16

Feminism Spans GENERATIONS Women from their teens through their 70s expressed what feminism means to them and why we still need it. Even with their different stages of life, career paths, and backgrounds, the women's thoughts on feminism repeated one theme: everyone needs it, every gender on the spectrum, everywhere in the world. We have come a long way, but we must continue to rise together. Libby Jacobs, 69, Retired Theater Director Feminism is the acknowledgement that women should be granted the same rights and opportunities as men—socially, economically, politically, educationally. Biology does not dictate social and intellectual abilities. The movement is most effective when NOT viewed as strictly oppositional, women against men. Men can be strong, persuasive feminists. Kristin Trippett, 36, Dispatcher for Emergency Resources have the same rights and privileges as men—and other women—do. As long as feminism isn't intersectional and women's rights aren't equitable to ALL women (women of color, disabled women, LGBTQ) then we still have a ways to go. Just because some populations, like women, technically have equal rights under the law doesn't mean that the same things are as easily attain- able and accessible to them. Rev. Nettie Jorinda Bullitt, 71, United Methodist Pastor and Certified Professional Coach As white women, it’s privilege to be able to say fem- inism is no longer necessary or that it's a bad thing. Millions of women do not have that privilege, and it's disgusting to me when white women say they have equality, so therefore there's no need for protests and marches. Racism, sexism, and homophobia are still rampant. Sexual assault and domestic violence are barely punished. Even if you've never been treated un- equally, we should all stand together and fight for those marginalized to have the same treatment. We need fem- inism. We need to start raising boys who are feminists. Feminism is not a negative thing; it means equality for all humans. Feminism means to fully embrace and articulate the pursuit and experience of the abundant life, God's plan for us, when created in His image, male and female. “God blessed them and said to them ‘be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it,’” basically “rule over it!” (Genesis 1:26ff ). GAIN MASTERY OF THIS LIFE! Feminism is how women gain and perpet- uate mastery of this life. This is why I was compelled to participate in the women's march on Washington D.C. The mission of Daughters of Deborah Leadership Min- istries LLC, which I manage, is to encourage women and girls to recover God's plans for their lives. Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Gaining mastery of this life means abun- dant living as we determine for ourselves. Ashley Boynes-Shuck, 33, Author and Patient Advocate Josselyn Crane, 34, Owner/Jewelry Designer for Falkora Jewelry Women have come a long way thanks to feminism and movements towards equality, but we aren't there yet: not until all women, and not just *some* women, Feminism is about how damaging gender roles and defining people solely based on gender can be. The gen- der binary hurts women because they have less power 16 INSPIRING LIVES SPRING 2017