Fierce Females: My 24 years without feminism
I am ashamed to say that I didn't discover the power and importance feminism until only recently. I've always been around people that don't take it seriously and think that it's some sort of plague.
Early this year my first and only long-term relationship ended and instead of wallowing and feeling sorry for myself I said, "girl, pick yourself up. You are a strong, powerful and independent woman" and I started a journey of self discovery. The truth is I changed a lot in that relationship and I had to find myself again. I threw myself into blogging, working hard on my freelance business and really started reading more about what it means to be a feminist and it turns out I already was one.
After educating myself and learning what feminism really means I began to realize that there are so many women in my life that empower me and make me a stronger person. That, to me, is a huge part of feminism, women standing together, holding each other up and making each other strong. It means unapologetically being who you are and who you need to be. Feminism means that as women we can do anything a man can, not expecting to become superior but to become equals.
I wanted to empower other women the way women in my life have empowered me and blogging is one of the things I do best. I brought the two together in a new project that I call #FierceFemales. I sent out the following questions to some of the women in my life that I most respect.
- What is it that empowers you most?
- What is it that you love most about yourself?
- What makes you feel most beautiful?
- Who is your biggest role model and why?
- Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
- If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
- What is your biggest life goal?
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
- What is your favourite quote?
- If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
- What does feminism mean to you?
So far the result has amazed me. Reading the things that other women love about themselves and what makes them strong has made me incredibly happy. Women spend too much time tearing each other down when we should be lifting each other up; and that is the goal of this project. I just want women to feel beautiful, empowered and strong because those three things helped me through a really tough part of my life and I am so much better for embracing feminism.
If you want to share your answers with my blog please email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you don't wish to share publicly then get out your journal and fill this out privately and show some self-love.