“Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women…

My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.” •
Where I grow up, there is sometimes an unspoken fear in acknowledging when we have had more opportunity or power, or when we are complicit in another’s oppression. The American man in particular—black and white alike—is forever picturing himself as self made; the liberator, the revolutionary, the hero. This is not inherently bad, but it is too often dishonest.

For all of our courage, we are too often afraid that if we acknowledge the role we play in diminishing, enslaving, or murdering any real underdog—women included—we will look at our hands and see blood. Or—perhaps harder—see someone who hustled harder than us, with more obstacles, and achieved more. And rather than take steps to mitigate the blood spilt, we retreat back to mediocrity, or our identity of being the good guy.

A responsibility for me, as a black man, is to not only learn, accept, and honor the unique struggles of the American black man, but to try to learn, accept, and honor the unique struggles of the American black woman. Then the American woman as a whole. Then every woman. Then everyone else.

It is realizing that there is more freedom, relief, and strength to be found in celebrating and uplifting the other half of us. Realizing that, like these painted walls, the world is only more beautiful when we are all seen. When we ally ourselves with those who truly need liberation and revolution. When we can look outside of ourselves—see Rey, Alana, Eleanor, Ruth, Harriet, Alexandria—and can still see heroes.

@refinery29uk has an interesting article today about Jennifer Lopez stating that, "Men are useless until they are 33" - I thought that was rather a sweeping statement... even if she was meaning wrt dating... what do you guys think? The responses from the men in the interview are quite interesting... check it out: www.refinery29.uk
#heforshe #leanin #equality #relationships #relationshipadvice #jenniferlopez #jlo #dating #tinder #womensrights #girlpower #empoweringgirls #genderfoul

Showing some love to the independent women of our time! Let no one tell you how to raise your kids, let no one tell you what to do with your body, let no one tell you how to live! We are WOMEN and PROUD!
#womensrights #equalrights

Do you want to be a part of #THEPOWEROFWOMEN ❓We want to hear your opinions! 🌏🌈 Get in contact with us now & let’s get encouraging and inspiring women everywhere to come together 🙌🏼💕👯‍♀️ #womenempowerment #equality #animalrights #humanrights #genderequality #womensrights #girlpower #inspiration #motivation #encouragement #selflove #wellness #womenchangingtheworld

@tokelomotsepe road trip ready in her FEMINIST tee. Your favorite FEMINIST tee will be restocked in all sizes on our website and on @zando.co.za in August! Dont miss out!
#TshirtsForChange #FeministTeeProject #Feminist #Feminism #Womanist #WomensRights #HumanRights #girlboss #girlpower #fashion #instastyle #streetstyle

It's disgraceful that in my lifetime it literally has become this way! When us career women of the 80's fought our way through a mans world to work and to achieve and be successful, especially in management, I'm sure we did not predict that one day all women would have to work regardless mainly full time, juggle childcare and home just to pay for a lifestyle that was once completely doable on the mans wage! Talk about make a rod for our own back and future generations of women #😢#equality #workinglife #80s #capitalism #womensrights #con

Ten pocit keď máte plnú chladničku a doma upratané 😎 Som zástanca toho, že ak mi niečo nejde tak to dám spraviť niekomu inému a ja sa môžem venovať tomu čo mi ide. Volá sa to efektívne narábanie so zdrojmi 😌🙌🏻 Dosť haluz, keď si uvedomím, že ešte pred pár rokmi nemohli ženy voliť a ich náplň dňa bolo upratovanie, varenie a starostlivosť o deti. Nehovorím, ak ma niekto rád upratovanie tak nech, ale ja dám radšej pár EUR pani, ktorá mi ušetrí týždenne pár hodín. #KNOWYOURWORTH #DONTBEASLAVE #womensempowerment

#day545 how did we get here? Take this Friday to shake things up. Get Inspired. Be In contact with good people who will push you forward. Take time to be in nature. Do not diminish your outrage - put it to use.🌟🔆🌟 also, do not pinpoint your frustration and anger at only this “man”. The outrage lays with the entire failed system - work closely to fix the cracks that are close . #womensrights #blacklivesmatter #lgbtpride #heretostay #dreamactnow #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #nobannowall #refugeeswelcome #mybodymychoice #istandwithpp #endwhitesupremacy #goptaxscam #climatechangeisreal #supportthearts #savethenet #reclaimingmytime #shepersisted #intersectionalfeminism #goodtrouble #sisepuede 💔images @stitalens @alliehoffman #r4nv

chivalry isn't dead 🙌

The museum had this adorable little thing where you wrote a compliment and then took one at random from the box. Got this cute thing 👌😍 I also spent the evening dressed as a doctor exploring the museum at night and running from the guards 😂 #aucklandmuseum #womensrights #compliment #auckland #adorable #exhibition #whydontwehavetheseeverywhere #love #randomappreciationpost

The museum had this adorable little thing where you wrote a compliment and then took one at random from the box. Got this cute thing 👌😍 #aucklandmuseum #womensrights #compliment #auckland #adorable

Izabela Guimaraes ( @izabelaguimaraes_ )
#EmpowHerNYTakeOver series today!

I am 37 years old, married and mom of two kids. I was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, after 10 years living in São Paulo I moved to Miami in the beginning of 2014. The last two years were a long process for discovering my real life’s mission and finally I got there. I’m the founder of Brille Collection @brillecollection and Real Women Real Stories Talk @realwomenrealstoriestalk
Because I love to be inspired by real stories and driven by real Women. My mission is to make every woman believe that she is special, unique and relevant and her story can inspire others. I love to be sorrounded by people, by the beach and I truly believe that nobody succeeds alone.
Izabela Guimarães ( @izabelaguimaraes_ )
na série #EmpowHerNYTakeOver hoje!

Tenho 37 anos, sou casada e mãe de duas crianças. Eu nasci e fui criada em Belo Horizonte, Brazil, e após morar 10 anos em SP e me mudei para Miami no inicio de 2014. Os ultimos dois anos foram um longo processo para descobrir a minha real missão de vida e eu finalmente consegui. Eu sou a fundadora da Brille Collection @brillecollection e
da Real Women Real Stories Talk @realwomenrealstoriestalk
Minha missão é fazer toda mulher acreditar que ela é especial, única e relevante e sua história pode inspirer outras mulheres. Eu amo estar rodeada de pessoas, amo estar na praia, e eu realmente acredito que ninguém tem sucesso sozinho.


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