Feminism embodies many false stereotypes–in my opinion, many more than any other demographic group. Maybe you’ve heard ugly, old-fashioned, man-haters, dyke. While it’s true the most widely-known wave of feminism is Suffrage, that is not the first nor even the most recent activism of the party. Actually, feminism has worked with innumerable humanitarian issues including the prison system, child labor laws, minimum wage, and gay rights.
Let me introduce you to Andrea Gibson. As a spoken-word poet, she was the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam and now performs all over the country. This woman composed “I Do,” an inspirational poem about gay marriage.
We can’t forget Cosmo! In its early years, Cosmo was considered so feminist that it was widely rejected by society for being too outwardly promiscuous. Today it is often seen as extremely un-feminist for all its tips on sex and beauty, but Cosmo also discusses serious issues such as birth control. And don’t forget, just because a person is a feminist doesn’t mean she is ugly and hates sex. With the recent retirement of Kate White, editor-in-chief since 1998, let’s keep an eye on her replacement, Joanna Coles.
If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re convinced and just need an inspirational woman to start following, check out Sheryl Sandberg. She is involved with major companies such as Google and Facebook, and before that she was chief of staff of the U.S. Treasury Department.
Women and feminists are working hard like never before and have accomplished so much in the last hundred years, but are still not receiving recognition.