Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 12 of Thanks

Hey y'all!

Today I am thankful for Feminists!  Thank God for Feminists!  I am a proud, lipstick wearing, hair dying, women's rights loving, feminist.  I'm blessed to live in a country where feminists can be free to make a meaningful difference in the world!  Sometimes people think of feminists as man hating, bra burning, marriage hating women.  Not true.  My definition of feminist is a woman who is autonomous, self-sufficient, and doesn't need anyone to help her succeed and flourish in life.  Feminists lift everyone up, men & women!  I was never leery to call myself a feminist and I think my parents knew they were in for a feminist baby girl when they took me to see Pocahontas and asked what my favorite part of the historically inaccurate film was.  I answered, "That Pocahontas saved John Smith."  Oh boy!  They knew I was gonna be super feminist even at age 5.  In 3rd grade I chose to read and do a book review on a book about women's suffragist historical fiction.  I'm not trying to make any converts to the fem squad (but you are more than welcome) but I think that women's rights are incredibly important.  I'm all about supporting diversity in the workplace, in government, in medicine, in education, in law enforcement, and in the military.  Women's rights are important for everyone!  

Feminist Month at 1969 Exhibit at the Constitution Center in Philly!

Here is a list of my favorite Thank A Feminist Ifs:


If you are female and ...
 ... you can vote, thank a feminist.
 ... you get paid as much as men doing the same job, thank a feminist.
 ... you went to college instead of being expected to quit after high school so your brothers could go because "You'll just get married anyway," thank a feminist.
 ... you can apply for any job, not just "women's work," thank a feminist.
 ... you can get or give birth control information without going to jail, thank a feminist.
 ... your doctor, lawyer, pastor, judge or legislator is a woman, thank a feminist.
 ... you play an organized sport, thank a feminist.
 ... you can wear slacks without being excommunicated from your church or run out of town, thank a feminist.
 ... your boss isn't allowed to pressure you to sleep with him, thank a feminist.
 ... you get raped and the trial isn't about your hemline or your previous boyfriends, thank a feminist.
 ... you start a small business and can get a loan using only your name and credit history, thank a feminist.
 ... you are on trial and are allowed to testify in your own defense, thank a feminist.
 ... you own property that is solely yours, thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to your own salary even if you are married or have a male relative, thank a feminist.
 ... you get custody of your children following divorce or separation, thank a feminist.
 ... you get a voice in the raising and care of your children instead of them being completely controlled by the husband/father, thank a feminist.
 ... your husband beats you and it is illegal and the police stop him instead of lecturing you on better wifely behavior, thank a feminist.
 ... you are granted a degree after attending college instead of a certificate of completion, thank a feminist.
 ... you can breast feed your baby discreetly in a public place and not be arrested, thank a feminist.
 ... you marry and your civil human rights do not disappear into your husband's rights, thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to refuse sex with a diseased husband [or just "husband"], thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to keep your medical records confidential from the men in your family, thank a feminist.
 ... you have the right to read the books you want, thank a feminist.
 ... you can testify in court about crimes or wrongs your husband has committed, thank a feminist.
 ... you can choose to be a mother or not a mother in your own time not at the dictates of a husband or rapist, thank a feminist.
 ... you can look forward to a lifespan of 80 years instead of dying in your 20s from unlimited childbirth, thank a feminist.
 ... you can see yourself as a full, adult human being instead of a minor who needs to be controlled by a man, thank a feminist.

So hug a feminist today everyone!

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