Somehow “feminism” is still a “dirty F word” avoided in polite conversation, a radical word in most social circles and online groups. In the twenty-first century, it still remains on the outskirts of the most influential dialogues about women … even during Women’s History Month. But what exactly is “feminism”? And how should it be understood and defined in 2021? Has how we understood feminism over the past century or past few decades changed or evolved at all? Should it?
This week’s writing prompt for Daily Drafts & Dialogues: Write A Short Piece About What Feminism Is. To get started on this writing prompt, consider looking into the works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Angela Davis, Kimberlé Crenshaw, bell hooks, Malala Yousafzai …
For the last Daily Drafts & Dialogues writing prompt, I wrote an imagined dialogue between Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter, Mary Godwin Shelley. While I was working on that imagined dialogue I became entranced with Mary Wollstonecraft, her philosophy, her writing, and her legacy. The more I read and learned about Wollstonecraft and her work, the more I began to realize the profound impact of her work on women’s rights and modern-day feminism. It still baffles me that somehow the influence and value of her work aren’t typically emphasized nearly as much as they should be across institutions of higher education… but sadly, maybe that shouldn’t surprise me that much after all.
Mary Wollstonecraft was the first woman to publish a work of substantial recognition about women’s rights and how women are equal to men and should receive the same education and educational opportunities as men. She helped pave the way for modern-day feminists with her writing even if she didn’t officially coin the term “feminism.” So, I’m going to start my piece on what feminism is by wading through her work first. I’m curious to see where it leads me.
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