I was really inspired by the power of thousands of women who gathered this January on the streets of Seattle, Chicago and many other cities in the USA, and in the world.
More than a protest against Mr. Trump and his preconceptions about women, it was a march to show how powerful women are.
Inspired by this beautiful movement, I decided to share with you why I am a feminist…
I am a feminist because I play volleyball on a team where I am the only woman, and I am not afraid to say that I am one of the best players.
I am a feminist because I was the only woman in a party to jump into the pool, where there were many men and kids having fun. Women’s couldn’t mess up their make up, right?
I am a feminist because I’m not afraid to be competitive and to show that I am smart.
I am a feminist because I think that opportunities should be equitable and that I am not less because I do not have a penis. I love my vagina by the way, and I had to overcome fear and shame to talk about my sexuality.
I am a feminist because I traveled alone, because I skydived even though it is not a “woman thing”, I’m learning how to ski and I love an adventure.
I am a feminist because I think it’s fair that women can vote, can wear pants, work, study, play with cars, and can be whoever they feel called to be.
Just for the record, I don’t think that women are better than men, I love men, I love my husband, my dad, my friends, I think they are awesome and they deserve the best. So do I, and others billions of women who also deserve to have equal opportunity, be educated with the same quality and have the same rights.
I’d love to agree with those who say that we are already in an equal society. I think we are moving forward, but we are not even close to it, yet.
As an example of that, “The World Economic Forum” who measures gender equity through a series of economic, educational, and political benchmarks, has ranked the United States as 19th country in terms of achieving gender equity. Now, if the United States is the 19th, imagine how it is in countries like Brazil, Afghanistan, India, Thailand…
Another research looked at the cultural stereotypes of intelligence in men and women, showing the gender inequality in self-presentation. This study showed that females thought if they revealed their intelligence to a potential partner, then it would diminish their chances with him.
If this is not enough, we can take a look back in history, and there is no need to go further than 100 years back, to be shocked with the way that most societies were seeing and treating women. We were a disgrace, an object, a trade between families, uneducated, subjugated, marginalized.
In China, for example, foot-binding was a common practice, it consisted of binding and breaking their toes since an early age, because culturally a women’s feet was a parameter to measure how valuable she was for a marriage. Until recently this was a common and painful practice, that makes brutally clear, the power of social forces subjugating women.
Also, UNICEF estimated that in 2016, 200 million girls and women in 27 countries in Africa were undergone genital mutilation as an attempt to control women’s sexuality.
In some countries of the Middle East is disrespectful women show their skin, because men could be attracted to them.
If you agree with me that those things I just described cannot happen anymore, be one more voice in the fight, because the world will accept that we can have the same opportunities when they start to see us as equals, and WE need to stand up for that until is undeniable.
Stand up on a daily basis, not taking for granted our positions of women in this country, which calls itself as free. We should, and we must be in places where we are still the only or few of us. Others will follow.
We have to stand up like Gibbs did when she in the late 60s ran a marathon, pretending she was a man. Even when her application was denied with a letter saying that “Women aren’t allowed, and furthermore are not physiologically able.”
Like the Suffragette who fought for us to be able to vote.
Like the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, wearing “men’s clothes”, expressing her pain, speaking out loud about her feelings and challenging the gender rules.
And I finish this post with a quote from Malala, a young lady from Pakistan who fights for women’s education and women’s rights:
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
Why are you a feminist?
I’d love to hear you in the comments below. Let’s fight for an equitable society together.