Imagine the delight on my face when I received a copy of the workbook: Feminism: A Journey to Equality – YOU, ME AND UNI I consider myself a feminist. I predominately write articles on feminist topics. I celebrate being a woman. I believe men and women are capable of doing the same jobs, projects, and chores.
Some perceive the word FEMINISM to mean a lot of things that it is not, such as:
All feminists are man-haters.
Feminists are lesbians.
Feminists burn their bras and don’t shave their armpits.
Feminists believe they are superior to men.
These are weak generalities and most are incredibly false. Sure, you could meet one person that is a lesbian, man-hating feminist who doesn’t shave, who doesn’t wear a bra and who feels they are superior to all men. That is possible. However, it is the exception and not the rule! If you meet this person at a party, my advice is to talk to them. You are likely to find the conversation interesting as you discover what makes them unique.
Being a feminist means that men and women are equal and should have the same opportunities, the same pay for the same job, and the same perks in life.
I listen to a well-known podcast called The Guilty Feminist by Debra Frances-White. She is funny! There is so much laughter on her show! The topics are hilarious as well as thought-provoking. Her style is incredibly down-to-earth and she is relatable. She has guest speakers on her live show, which debate and share lively discussions that have a feminist twist. Topics such as friendship, shame, parenthood, eating, freedom of speech, and sex are presented. This show is doing its part to share the message of equality. I want to hear stories about feminists who have the best of intentions but fall short most days. I want to hear women encouraging other women to be the best they can be and to forgive themselves when they fall short.
Their Feminism workbook celebrates equality in a refreshing and fun way. The pages draw you in with their unique artistic style. The printed words, combined with beautiful artwork will delight you with a perfect balance of calm and excitement. Each page guides you through an inspiring journey to discover more of yourself. You will be directed to write as you go through the simple exercises.
You are asked to label parts of yourself as a way to take ownership of all of your fantastic titles: leader, mother, fighter, artist, beautiful, and goofy, etc. You will be guided to write a letter, to share your dark side as well as what makes you feel alive. In the end, you will have your own story, written in your own words as a celebration of YOU!
“This is a movement and you are the leader.”Feminism: A Journey to Equality
The end of the book contains twelve pages for you to explore your deepest thoughts and emotions. This is when you can soar by sharing your own unique story. The thoughts and ideas you present during these lessons could be the seedlings of a big passion project that has started to grow. Taking the time to tune in will unlock hidden creativity that may otherwise lay dormant in you.
Consider this book when going through big changes in your life, such as the first year of motherhood, after a painful breakup, or after moving to a new city and taking a different job. Therapy and good friends are valuable tools during huge changes, yet you may crave more than they can give. Sometimes you need time alone for reflection and processing.
I believe you have the power within yourself to heal and grow in remarkable ways. Yet if you keep yourself busy every waking minute, you will not be able to listen to the tiny voice that has new ideas for your life. Feminism: A Journey To Equality is a tool that can help you unleash the YOU that you always wanted to be. Everything you have wished for and wanted in your life could become a reality.
“You never know until you try,” is not just good advice for children. Trying means doing. Doing will propel you forward. Thinking and wishing will keep you still. I think you want to move ahead in life. Even if you are scared. Even if your life is so full that you can’t even imagine how you can squeeze in thirty minutes each day for this powerful workbook. Even if your story involves telling others you don’t have time for exercise or yoga. I believe you can carve out time to nurture yourself.
When you listen to that inner voice, you will feel a drive and an intense desire to work on making your dreams a reality. BUT! If you don’t take the time to listen, you may not hear it. The IT I am referring to is the powerful creative voice you have inside of you. We all have it. However, many of us don’t believe we are capable of making a change in our lives. We feel stuck. It all just seems impossible, so we stay. We stay right where we are in life even if we don’t like it at all. It feels easier to keep doing what we are doing than to go for the gold.
Possibly you don’t believe you deserve to be happy. Why would anyone think that? We all deserve to be happy, right? Well, if our parents didn’t believe in us as children, if we were criticized or bullied by our friends, and our boss is demanding and negative, we may not know that we are valuable.
Sometimes we simply need to give permission to ourselves, to make a change.
“You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.”Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic
Do you believe this? Elizabeth Gilbert has a way with words. The author of Eat, Pray, Love wrote Big Magic in 2015. Last month, after hearing a few people tell me I was living a “big magic” life, I bought the book. I highly recommend it as a tool for self-discovery and a push to listen to our innate wisdom. It complements Feminism: A Journey to Equality very well. The magic you release from going through the workbook lessons will open up parts of you that you may have forgotten. Your creative energy will burst through you and if you listen, you can lead the life you always imagined.
Anastacia Elizabeth Walden
Freelance writer in Gainesville, Florida