Opinion: Let’s stand together, let’s promote intersectional feminism
The feminist movement has made significant progress since the often blatant racism rooted in the suffragist movement of the early 20th century – but we still have a long way to go. Feminists must uplift, respect and include all women in the struggle for gender equality, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, age or class.
Despite pressure from many feminist leaders in recent years for inclusivity in the movement, only 21% of Americans say feminism has helped black women a lot, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey also found that only 15% of Americans think feminism has helped Latinas a lot, and only 10% of Americans think the feminist movement has helped poor women as much as rich women.
Not only does much of current feminism benefit privileged women the most, but it also often supports the existing exploitative systems of capitalism and patriarchy. The career-driven culture of turmoil, whitewashed activism, and TikTok boss girls are not what feminism is or should be. According to a NBC News interview with prominent feminist author Koa Beckwomen who follow such philosophies do not “change the systems that oppress women”, but rather use those systems to achieve personal success.
In order to improve the feminist movement, we must completely change the way we view feminism. It means working to bring down systems of oppression, instead of trying to thrive within them. Instead of striving for more female CEOs and business leaders, we should be striving to create a country where every woman can succeed, without harming the working class and marginalized groups.
These goals can be achieved by voting and supporting other women. Voting for candidates who will make women’s issues a priority, from ending menstrual poverty to funding resources for domestic violence, is essential to advancing the feminist cause. We must also consciously ensure that we do not put others down in our attempts to uplift ourselves.