How do young women feel about feminism?
I throw this question out there because I’ve heard from some young women that they: 1) don’t know what feminism is; 2) don’t care; 3) don’t feel like we need it or offices like the Women’s Center anymore.
I’m biased; I’ve been interested in feminism and women’s issues for a long time. But that’s just me. So do we need feminism? If so, what does or should it look like?
What is the role of offices like the Women’s Center, The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education Against Sexual Violence, The Center on Women and Public Policy, and The Program for Women in the Institute of Technology? And those are just a few of the offices/departments on campus for whom gender equity is part of their central mission.
Organizations like the Third Wave Foundation are working to evolve feminism, and trying to expand the boundaries of the women’s movement.
Third Wave is a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grantmaking, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, we support groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice. Third Wave is led by a board of young women, men, and transgender activists striving to combat inequalities that we ourselves face as a result of our age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or level of education.
Do we need organizations like the Third Wave Foundation? How do we connect women on campus with organizations like the TWF? Should that even be a goal? The bottom line is: we want to be an office that provides a dynamic and progressive array of resources, programs and opportunities for women. How do we do that?
Thoughts, Feisty Femmes?