“Not all feminists think alike, but if you support the idea of respect and equality for women, then you are a feminist. Feminism is a movement that seeks respect and equality for all genders, but particularly women both under law and culturally.” Wikia.org
Feminism, in the simplest of definitions, means equal rights for women and men. In the article: Feminism, A Journey to Equality, I discuss feminism and highlight the Feminist workbook by the creators of You, Me, & Uni – Feminism: A Journey to Equality.
The 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!
The list of great leaders who have made feminism topics widely known around the world is plentiful. In Feminists in History and Today, we celebrate the lives and works of Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosie the Riveter, and Debra Frances-White.
Debra Frances-White is a modern-day leader of feminism. Her podcast, The Guilty Feminist, reaches an audience of millions on-air and through her regular live shows with dynamic guests. They discuss topics such as women in film, friendship, equal pay, fathers, sex workers, empathy, women in charge, and domesticity.
Our newest and greatest feminist in history is well known for being powerful and dynamic at a young age. While she is not spreading a message of equality between the sexes, she is making a difference with no bounds and no limits. She is taking a stand for the rights of young people everywhere by demanding we all make profound changes in our daily lives to protect the earth for future generations to come.
“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”Greta Thunberg
Born in 2003, Greta Thunberg, at age 17, has moved mountains in her mission to heal the earth from destruction.
“Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who has gained international recognition for promoting the view that humanity is facing an existential crisis arising from climate change.” Wikipedia
Starting at age 15, she started spending her days outside the Swedish Parliament, on a school strike for climate change. After she addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes (Fridays for Future) took place every week all over the world, involving over a million students. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize two years in a row (2019 & 2020). In 2019, she was on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and the youngest Time Person of the Year.
“Here is a very young woman who does not present herself in a sexualized way; holds firm opinions, backs them with data, and speaks them forcefully; and has absolutely zero interest in the niceties (“Smile, dear!”) that men usually feel entitled to.”Why bother, dear?
Greta Thunberg is feminism in action! She is bold and brazen and has no bounds.
On September 23, 2019, Greta spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
In a speech at the summit, Thunberg said to world leaders:
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
August 20, 2020 marks the second anniversary of Thunberg’s first school strike for climate change. There are plans for another global strike on September 25th, 2020. Whether it is held in public or online, due to the pandemic, is yet to be determined. But rest assured, she will follow through and her voice will be heard.
“Right here, right now, is where we draw the line.”Greta Thunberg
“This is a movement and you are the leader.”
Feminism: A Journey to Equality
Let this workbook be your guide as you unlock your hidden dreams and unleash your talents. The magic you release from going through the workbook lessons in Feminism: A Journey to Equality 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 and editor at Walden Writes For Women, in Gainesville, Florida.