Feminism prioritizing black women’s lives.
Feminism is not something we need to continuously define and redefine, particularly for people who willfully choose not to understand something so basic.
I am most excited by how slowly but surely, intersectionality is becoming intrinsic to feminism, as it should be.
Advocating for feminism begins by being the kind of feminist you want to see in the world, leading by example. You don’t need to be a perfect feminist. You just need to model what feminism is through actions, as best you can, as consistently as you can. Start by never apologizing for being who you are.
Women deserve equal pay for equal work and one step toward achieving that is more transparency about income. Share what you make with other women and men. Bargain collectively. Ask the men in your professional life to demand that their women coworkers are paid equally. But really, transparency is key. One of the main reasons the wage gap persists is because employers count on secrecy about compensation. If they keep everyone in the dark, no one knows if they are being underpaid.
Feminism Is… is written specifically for a young adult audience. It takes the complexities of intersectional feminism and makes them accessible without compromising the rigor of the ideas being communicated. This book is also fantastic because it covers such a broad range of topics. It really shows the importance of feminism in every aspect of our lives.
My 13-year-old self would have appreciated the book as a whole. I didn’t even know feminism was a thing at that age. I would have loved something like this, because I have always loved learning.
I would tell a young woman moving to North America that she should be herself and that she doesn’t have to abandon her identity, her culture, or her pride in where she comes from to live and thrive here. The people she encounters here will have as much they can learn from her as she can learn from them.
My parents always modeled how people should be in the world, and how men and women should treat one another. The best thing parents can do is show their children what it means to love and live well.
Social media can be toxic, but more often than not, it is a great way of communicating important messages to a large and diverse audience. It does more good than we give it credit for.
Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.