“The world isn’t lacking strong women of colour who are successful and inspirational, they just aren’t being given the same spotlight that their caucasian female or male counterparts are”. In honour of Women’s History Month, today i’ll be sharing with you five women of colour who have inspired me to do, and be better.
Last week, I got to attend a great women’s leadership conference, in which I got to meet Helen Pankhurst- great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, a noteworthy member of the British Suffragette movement. What I didn’t expect, was to disagree with her on the idea of what a feminist looks like.
Many people do not realise that the term ‘feminism’ is broad- beneath the fighting for equal pay and paid maternity leave, there’s a much darker corner to female oppression that isn’t as frequently addressed. The reason why? It’s because these issues effect the minority groups of women. The women of colour, the women from lower incomes, the women with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ women who aren’t often given the platform to discuss their oppression.
A popular word that is often used to describe feminists today is the word angry, but why is this a bad thing? Are we not allowed to be angry over the systematic oppression of women? Are we not allowed to be angry over the gender inequalities that we face every day?