Gender Equality and Inclusion

Feminism has always been a complex movement. When women first fought for the right to vote in the UK and the U.S., it was noble, but it wasn’t all inclusive. This right to vote was intended for a specific demographic, namely white women. It didn’t include women of color, or any person of color for that matter. That’s not to say that what these women did wasn’t admirable, because even as a woman of color, I look up to the suffragettes. I don’t think people necessarily mean to forget about marginalized populations, but it happens none the less, even in the 21rst century.

Even in our culture that is probably more accepting than it has ever been, our feminism tends to lack inclusion. We can’t have a feminism that only pays attention to the needs of white, cisgender women. Women of color, trans women, gender nonconforming individuals, people who are differently abled, people with learning differences, and LGBTQ women face challenges that are unique to them. But when marginalized groups are not actively represented in feminist movements, their challenges and needs are not being addressed. They are not being given a voice for the discrimination they face.

I think that we have the potential to undergo an amazing cultural shift. Inclusion and acceptance of people of all genders, giving everyone the opportunities they need to be safe and productive in society, this can only lead to a more open-minded and compassionate world. Compassion seems like a simple concept, but our society makes it complicated. This virtue needs to be at the heart of what we do. Words matter. Ideas matter. The way we treat each other matters. Striving for a gender equality that is inclusive, while acknowledging the needs of specific demographics, can be one of the most important things our society does as a whole.

I Believe

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I believe women should have access to all their healthcare needs

I believe that love is love is love is love is love

I believe we need to make room at the table for people of all genders

I believe equality is not a pipe dream, but a necessity

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We are stronger when we stand together

We have clarity when we work toward what we want

There is goodness and kindness and light inside each of us

I believe that those who believe they can make the world better, will.

 

I See You

My dear women

Who are worried their health rights

Are threatened, I see you

My dear trans kids who are worried

They won’t be protected or accepted

I see you

My dear LGBTQ community

Who feels scared or discriminated against

I see you

My dear Muslims who feel unsafe

Or judged, I see you

My dear people of color, who feel this world

Does not love them enough, I see you

My dear misfits

Who feel judged for being different

Who feel the brokenness of a system

That leaves them feeling not good enough,

Not heard enough, not cared for enough

I see you

I care about you, I Am You

Our ancestors before us fought for equality

And we will continue that fight

Because we are here, we matter, and we belong

If you feel invisible, powerless, or scared

I see you

I love you, and I have hope.

Be You

It’s better, my love, to be your true

Self. Spread your wings and embrace

Your piece of the sky. The sun shines

For you, the rain falls for you

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So that flowers can bloom in your

Garden. Worry not what others think,

But what you think of yourself. Love

What you know is most authentic, most you.

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[Happy National Coming Out Day! Sending so much love to those who need it  ❤ ]

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