It appears that the world needs to be reminded what feminism means on a regular basis. So what is it? Feminism is an effort to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women.
Unfortunately, this week, it appears some of the biggest attacks against feminism came from self-proclaimed feminists. Madeline Albright, Gloria Steinem, and Hillary Clinton all stepped on more than a few toes this weekend when it came to discussing female voters.
To catch everyone up, this is what was said:
If you're wondering what this has to do with feminism, it's simple: feminism gives women the ability and right to choose when and how they would like to do something. If they'd like to be a working mom or stay-at-home mom. If they want to use birth control or not. If they'd like to vote for a man or a woman. The point of feminism is women get to choose, just like men. How dare these women try to shame other women for deciding to put their vote elsewhere.
If Clinton wants the young, female vote, she's got to earn it. She should be asking herself what she's doing wrong instead of telling these young women that they're wrong for wanting to vote for someone else. If she wants the young, female vote she shouldn't associate herself with people that are calling young females dumb and uninformed.
Furthermore, there's a special place in hell for people who follow blindly, Madeline Albright. You cannot lead if you have no followers. We should be encouraging voters to be informed voters. Without informed voters, you have no one to help you achieve your mission. Let's not encourage people to participate in an election based on one, non-political reason.
As for Steinem, she knows better, or at least she should. This is not her first rodeo and she would be naïve to think that women are voting solely on who their male friends are supporting. Steinem later apologized for misspeaking saying that she knows that "women are mad as hell" at what's happening and that she wants feminists to be vocal and active regardless of who they're supporting.
Steinem is right about one thing today, women are pissed. I won't speak for all the ladies, but I will speak for myself.
Pissed or not, we need to show up to the polls, ladies. Educate yourselves and vote. Don't stand for the bullshit that is Washington's political playground. Don't let people put you down and say you don't know what you're talking about. Speak with your vote. It counts more than ever.