Sofia Vendela

Important Feminist Questions

Hello, lovely readers,

Last month, we had International Women's Day (whoop whoop) and for my school newspaper, I wrote a piece consisting of interviews with some strong/determined/intelligent/feminist friends of mine. Of course, I know other women who I would have loved to interview but I was strapped for time. Read the full article here.

Jonna

What is the best thing about being a woman?

The best thing about being a woman is that society thinks it’s okay for me to wear a skirt.

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism is so important to me, it is the only political statement I would tattoo onto my body forever!

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

Stand up for your opinion.

What does it mean to be a woman?

It means you are a leader, a mother, a fighter.

Why is gender equality important?

Because it is ridiculous that women do the same job as a man for less wage, that women get catcalled and harassed in the street and get called bossy when they are leading, get called mean names when they stand up for their entitlement to basic human rights.

Who is your biggest role model?

Emma Watson.

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

Women who don't have access to basic human rights because of their gender.

 

Ida

What is the best thing about being a woman?

Everything about being a woman is great, but I would choose one thing I love the woman society!

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism to me means that women's stand up together against the society that tries to shut us down, feminism is power.

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

Stand up for yourself, the ones that don't like you when you are you, are not your friends.

What does it mean to be a woman?

It means that you are powerful and that you can be everything if you don't let people talk you down.

Why is gender equality important?

Equality is important because it is important to show that everyone doesn’t get the same opportunities.

Who is your biggest role model?

Every woman is my role model, every woman who stands up for themselves and others are role models.

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

That women don’t have the same opportunities that men have.

 

Amita

What is the best thing about being a woman?

That us women have such a special bond, you will always have someone in your corner who will stand up for you and be on your side when society lets you down.

What does feminism mean to you?

Equality between all the genders, no matter what you identify as.

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

Even if it's a little corny, I'd say not to focus so much on what others think.

Why is gender equality important?

Because someone shouldn't be treated differently because they're a woman.

Who is your biggest role model?

My best friend. She is so strong and brave enough to stand up for herself.

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

That women around the world are being oppressed and are seen as weak yet have to endure so much just because of their gender.

 

Beata

What is the best thing about being a woman?

The sisterhood. We stand together in such a remarkable way that I love so much.

What does feminism mean to you?

So so much. Becoming a feminist is like taking the pill in Matrix, you can never unsee the marginalisation of women - but it also gives you so much respect for women. 

What would you say to a thirteen-year-old you?

BANGS ARE A BAD IDEA. No, but to be serious, I won’t say it gets better, it just gets different. Different comes with its own challenges, but it also comes its own perks. There will be times where you just don’t know what to do and that is okay. Don’t ever feel that because you are loud and kinda weird means that you are not worthy of love. Do not be a different you, just try to be a better you. Also, those guys who bullied you are total assholes.

What does it mean to be a woman?

Every woman expresses her womanhood in a very different way. But I think that every woman is a part of this sisterhood where you all share - even though some women can be really mean and cruel, some kind of ”I get what you are going through." 

Why is gender equality important?

Because every human is worth the same and should be treated the same. We are just weird kinda hairless animals who decided to treat certain people worse because of things that they can’t control. We can’t forget that the patriarchy puts down men too with hyper-masculine standards. But the reason that gender equality often talks more about women is because women are oppressed by a system primary controlled by men. I want people to fight for my rights because I’m human. 

Who is your biggest role model?

Everyone who is out in the world and trying to make it better. 

What do you think is the biggest global feminist issue?

The lack of intersectionality in our feminist analysis. We often praise when a straight white woman gets into a male dominated space (and that is something to praise to a certain extent) but we have to remember that it is important to get ALL sorts of women into all spaces, women of colour, disabled women and LGBT women need to be included. We have to fight for everyone! Because every human is worth the same.

 

Thanks to these lovely women for participating. Comment if you'd like to see something like this again.

Love,

Sofia

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