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Fearless.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A defiant girl statue in front of Wall Street's iconic charging bull 

feminism
ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/
noun
  1. the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.


MY STORY

Although I grew up in war torn country in rather traditional environment I stubbornly held my own and fought my way through life against many odds that would usually affect a little girl in my shoes.

At friends birthday party in elementary school I told my friends mom I started playing basketball, she told me that I can hurt myself and that it's a boys game.
I started playing for first, professional team when I was 16. 

When I was 15 I told my grandparents that I am planning to go to university in US on basketball scholarship, I was told I am 'dreaming' and that I will never get married.
I was on a plane to US university alone 3 years later with full academic scholarship.

When my parents were spending beyond their means for great quality basketball shoes, our extended family commented that they are spoiling me and that I am having to many activities.
Years later these same family members were collecting media articles about me.

Days after graduating my academic advisors were telling me to stay 'close to basketball' because fashion industry is to competitive and New York is expensive.
I got a job and moved closer to New York a week after graduating.

Few years into working a several jobs I earned a lot. The gossip was that I had money cause I dated a guy from Wall Street.
I left that guy because he was emotionally abusive and he failed me way to many times.

I worked my ass off, built my self-esteem and leadership skills through playing and excelling in sport all while maintaining my Vogue subscription (so no, your daughter will not become manly from playing sports), I spoke up even when I was scared and when it wasn't appropriate, I left abusive relationship, I spent way to much money to maintain long distance relationships, loved to much and made many mistakes, some of which have marked me for life but I would do it all again because it was very much worth of it. I feel like I am equipped now to raise my daughter Anabela to be strong, happy, fearless and independent women.

WHY DO WE FIGHT FOR WOMEN RIGHTS TODAY?


I know many well educated and independent women who frown upon the word feminist. They usually say they feel like they live happy fulfilled lives and don't see why they should be vocal or protest for rights of women 'somewhere else'. So let's see why today, in 21 ct. many women feel like they are not treated and considered as equally valuable part of this society as man are:

  • 1 in 3 women across the world experiencing violence
  • Over 700 million women alive today were married when they were under 18, and of those some 250 million were married before they were 15
  • Around 1 in 10 (120 million) girls worldwide have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives
  • Over 1/3 of women have experienced physical/sexual violence by a partner and/or sexual violence by a non-partner in their lifetime
  • Globally, women make up just 22% of parliamentarians
  • In most countries earning on average 60 - 75% of men’s wages
  • Women are spending twice to ten times more time a day on unpaid care work than men

Now, what can you do today to ensure your daughter will not be effected with above stats?

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE


The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, which was opened in 1972 by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios. 

This slogan has lasted through the decades and is reemerging as an empowering statement for all, as female-identified bodies and rights remain under attack. Inflexible and compulsory sexual and gender binaries are used to oppress and deny people their humanity and agency. 

Now this shirt is sold by Otherwild to benefit planned parenthood. Otherwild believes in an inclusive, expanded and fluid notion of gender expression, identities and feminisms.

FEMINIST FASHION


Feminism in fashion is not a new concept to promote, fashion has been used as art form to express, promote and support female rights for centuries. 

In recent years as the world is pedaling backwards (unfortunately) and basic human rights and help have been denied and questioned to the least protected of us, women around the world are again using fashion as one of the means to protest and remind that even now in 21ct. women are still not fairly treated by laws and society overall in cases of equal pay, work life balance when they choose to be mothers, right to abortion when it's needed, legal and all other protection when exposed to violence etc. 

In today's day and age, the way I see it, every decent human being should be proud to be a feminist.

Shop feminist fashion, sales out of many of which are going towards female non-profit organizations:




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1 fabulous comments

  1. loved this post, sadly the image of women is still superficial and disrespectful so it's our duty to make it change and see more outstanding girl-boss ladies:)

    xx
    lau
    www.malibluemymind.com

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