Being a feminist means making aware to women and men that women have the capability to do anything and can do anything. Being a Language Arts and Literature teacher, I see textbooks and anthologies that are sent to us. Never have I seen a strong representation of women. Occasionally there is Mary Chesnut, Anne Bradstreet, and Emily Dickinson, but there are so many female writers in the past that are just as good as the men, like Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt, who disguised her bitter and witty tongue in children's rhymes as a genteel poet. For a long time, she's been overlooked, and she's just gaining respect and notoriety now. What I do is ignore a textbook’s guidelines and provide female-authored reading selections. I’ve recently worked with some Social Studies teachers in working in the female role throughout history, especially their presence during Caesarian Rome. Girls are enthralled, impressed, and inspired by Cleopatra, Bat Zabbai, Boudicca, and Agrippa. Perhaps teaching the new generation about women’s role in history, we’ll get them written into history textbooks.
Lastly, feminism is about the power of choice. A woman doesn’t have to be badass or in a political position to be a part of the feminist movement. She can choose to be single, be a professional, be a politician, or marry for money (even though that's disgusting as a human being), have children and be a housewife, or any other duty, just as long as she knows she has the option and uses it. Queen Rania is a strong advocate for females’ education throughout to world, so they know what options they have in life.
I am a feminist and a man who wants to bring down the patriarchal society we live in and re-establish an egalitarian society. It all begins with our children. Teaching the new generation that there is choice and that women are of worth in the world, equal in every way, is crucial in changing the world. We all have voices; let’s use them.
What does feminism mean to you? How do you voice your feminism? What actions do you take?