October 6, 2014 — How would you express your feminism?
A) By penning a song.
B) Through telling a sarcastic joke in 140 characters on Twitter.
C) Bringing it to the silver screen through writing and producing a television series that addresses everyday issues faced by women.
D) Delivering a speech at an event hosted by an organization that fights for gender equality.
What are your thoughts on a man’s involvement in the feminist movement?
A) Who runs the world? Girls. But we need men to step up to the plate and demand that the women in their lives are granted equal rights and opportunities.
B) Although it's important that men be advocates for women's rights, evoking inspiring change starts with women empowering other women.
C) Being a feminist doesn't mean being anti-male. It's essential to inspire men to join the movement so that we can spark change.
D) We need to bring men and boys on board as champions for change.
Your friend is all for women’s empowerment and gender equality but refuses to be labeled a feminist. This is your reaction:
A) Why wouldn't she want to be a feminist? Feminists are flawless.
B) That’s like someone being like, "I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it."
C) I’d instantly become annoyed. Women who claim that they want gender equality but then choose to dissociate themselves feminism really upset me.
D) If she doesn’t like the word that’s not important. “Feminist” is simply a word. It’s more about the actions that you take towards creating equality.
Where do you stand on gender equality?
A) Although women have made strides over time, the whole concept of gender equality is a myth. We haven't reached it yet. We have a long way to go.
B) Gender parity is something that we can accomplish if we stop apologizing for who we are and embrace our authentic qualities despite being stereotyped and judged.
C) Gender equality is an ongoing fight. We can't give up until our voices are heard.
D) We shouldn’t let gender be divisive.
Which female pioneer do you identify with the most?
A) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
B) Joan Rivers
C) Georgia O'Keeffe
D) Princess Diana
Beyoncé: The Flawless Feminist
When Beyoncé claimed that she was a feminist it came as no surprise. Since her Destiny’s Child days she’s created songs that speak to women’s empowerment (i.e., Independent Women). Whether it is through a song or a written piece, the Texas-bred songstress has always promoted gender equality. As we watch her juggle her career and personal life in the limelight, it’s undeniable that Beyoncé is a prime example that women can have it all.
Amy Poehler: The Comedic Feminist
Comedian Amy Poehler has uniquely used her craft to spread awareness about feminism and gender equality. If you tuned into the Golden Globes earlier this year, you were able to see first hand how she incorporates jokes about feminism and equality into her work. Poehler also has launched a website called Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, an online community that serves as an avenue to encourage young women to “change the world by being themselves.”
Lena Dunham: The Artsy Feminist
Dunham, a proud feminist used her own personal experiences as inspiration to craft HBO’s popular series, Girls. She’s been very vocal about embracing the F-Word. “On Girls I like being a mouthpiece for the issues I think young females face today. It's always shocking when people question whether it's a feminist show. How could a show about women exploring women not be?” she said in an interview with Jezebel. “Feminism isn't a dirty word. It's not like we're a deranged group who think women should take over the planet, raise our young on our own and eliminate men from the picture. Feminism is about women having all the rights that men have.”
Emma Watson: The Philanthropic Feminist
We all know Emma Watson as little Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, but the Paris-bred actress is all grown up know and letting her voice be heard. Watson has become a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Lately, she’s been very vocal about her thoughts on the feminist movement. She recently delivered a pivotal speech for the HeForShe campaign. “It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals,” she said during her speech. “How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feels welcome to participate in the conversation?”