Today was International Women’s Day, which is exciting for me 1) because I consider myself a feminist—and by feminist I mean I believe women should have the same rights as men, pay for equal work, pay equitable healthcare, the list goes on—and 2) I got to celebrate all the women in my life!
Social media ran the gamut today, from a lot of men with their, “Cool, now make me a sandwich” comments, women celebrating other women, women shaming each other (see: Kim Kardashian naked selfie) — not that I’m at all a fan, but I won’t tell anyone what to do with their body—and women arguing over what feminism “should” be.
So, simply said…
If you think men and women should have equal rights, then you’re probably a feminist.
If you love make up, crafts, cooking dinner for your husband and keeping a cute house (not because you’re required to, but because you actually like it), wearing high heels and girly dresses, shaving, baking, and shopping at Anthropologie, that doesn’t make you less of a feminist. I also believe in the “no girl on girl crime” rule, however, crappy people exist, and trust me—some of them are girls. Disliking a girl because she’s a rude person, mean to you, or just not your cup of tea doesn’t make you less of a feminist either.
If you can honestly take a look at your mother, your daughters, sisters, aunts, best friends, and grandmas and don’t want them to get equal pay for equal work, access to affordable healthcare that costs as much as what our male counterparts pay, things like paid maternity and paternity leave, and that they were put here to do more than make sandwiches, be housemaids, and have babies, you are probably not a feminist and you kind of sound like a jerk, at least to me.
I digress, here’s to my favorite feminists: My mom, all of my best friends, The Notorious RBG, Tina Fey, HRC, Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, my sisters all the way in NY and CA, and my husband. ❤