April 24, 2011

On April 13, I gave the keynote address at the Power of Giving luncheon for the YWCA of Alaska. There were a few hundred people there. Mostly women, but a few men, too. Men can be feminists. And women can be anti-feminism.

Feminism means you believe in basic human rights for all, women and men, too; girls and boys, too. bell hooks defines feminism as a “movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression.” I think feminism eliminates the sexist treatment and oppression of men and boys, too.

How can you not be a feminist? Is it okay to pay women less for the same work as men? Is it okay to deny women proper healthcare – including an abortion? Is it okay for men to dominate and control the family? And how about Wal-Mart and the class-action suit of 1.6 million women? I wonder if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear that case…or throw it out.

I’m a feminist. So is my life partner, Tom. How about you?

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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