This Women’s Equality Day, National Organization for Women (NOW) chapters mobilized in commemoration of the women that championed the 19th Amendment. Almost 100 years after women won the right to vote, we celebrate the progress we have made--but recognize that we have many more steps to take on the road to equity. Across the country, NOW’s grassroots activists held events, orchestrated rallies, and even lobbied for women’s rights to build upon this progress.
As a little girl, I remember being struck by a thought: “Life isn’t fair for women.” My life since then has been a personal, professional and academic exploration into this painful statement. Although it might seem obvious to many people why a young girl might feel this way, two specific events shaped my outlook. These stories, along with academic and internship experience, have shaped my vision for equality: a world in which “women’s work” does not exist because all people take on the responsibilities of caregiving and domestic labor. Read More
My feminism, like my identity, has been informed by the two worlds to which I belong-- the West and the East-- both of which are battling oppressive regimes, both of which are struggling to invite each other into their respective worlds. And it is a need that has yet to be met by modern feminism. There is still a glaring division despite the calls for intersectionality: it is the division of Western and Eastern feminism.
I wonder: Why are so many Western feminists not arm-in-arm with their just-as-feminist Eastern sisters? Why are so many Eastern feminists displeased with Western feminism? Why is the stereotype of Eastern women as doe-eyed, submissive and silent still prevailing in public discourse? Why are some Western feminists unwilling or uncertain of how to take up the causes of Eastern feminism? Why are the majority of ‘feminist’ campaigns, slogans and rhetoric surrounding the Eastern world that of “saving” brown women instead of standing with them? Read More
When folks discuss the race-gender wage gap, they not only often leave out women of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals-- they fail to address how economic equality impacts violence against women. The race-gender wage gap creates relational power inequities that disproportionately impact women and create cycles violence. Constitutional equity has the power to rectify these systems in law, thus allow for women to live free from emotional and physical violence. Read More