We are now, more so than ever, discussing the alarming effects of rape culture and the contribution that we as a society play in perpetuating this dangerous concept. However, it’s become apparent that there is still a misunderstanding on what rape culture is.
It’s no secret that the government and it’s patriarchal law makers don’t value women’s lives as highly as they value mens lives, but what we aren’t discussing loud and frequently enough is the lack of worth that’s placed in back lives, particularly black women. Black women face far more societal pressures and social, economic and medical issues than women of any other race. This all became profound once again, when I logged online one morning to read the stomach churning article: Alabama woman loses unborn child after being shot, gets arrested; shooter goes free.
“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.
It’s sad to say that many people, including women, don’t believe in feminism or call themselves feminists. However, if you were to explain to these people the principles and ideas behind the movement, many amongst this group would agree that they too hold the same beliefs- they just don’t want to be included under the …