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Posted By - Kate Spencer On January 28, 2016

What It Means To Be A Feminist Now

There is an interesting thing that happens when you tell people you are feminist - - or that your issue pertains to issues that women face relative to men such as getting paid less, having fewer opportunities, having a more difficult time getting much-needed capital for small businesses.

 

What happens is that feminism becomes the “f” word. Sure, there is a potential negative reverb if your tone is shrill (which apparently only women can be), but for the most part if you really ask people what they think about equality and opportunity, the reality is that truly everyone is a feminist.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of award-winning novels (Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun) and adapted her much-admired TEDx talk discussing what it means to be a feminist today into a book titled WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS.

Because really, we should all be feminists.

As Chimananda points out, “the idea of feminism itself is limited by stereotypes” and would describe herself as a “Happy African Feminist Who Does Not Hate Men And Who Likes To Wear Lip Gloss And High Heels For Herself And Not For Men.”

“If we do something over and over again, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over again, it becomes normal.” 

There are simply industries where the norm is being challenged. And in a time when your creativity, hard work, persistence, intelligence are the keys to success, we need to push industries to change what is considered normal, either subconsciously or consciously, to level the playing field. 

Join the conversation in culinary, in technology, in sciences, in Hollywood. Because we are all feminists.  

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