Feminism is having a moment, it is extremely on trend right now. People are less afraid to declare themselves feminists, more accepting when others do declare themselves feminists, and beginning to realize that infact feminists don’t hate men. As a self-declared feminist I am elated by this. Like most things that come come into populartiy in our society we can attribute this latest fad to a number of celebrities who have expressed again and again that they are feminists during press tours and on talk shows. Thanks to LenaDunham, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and others like them, people are begining to realize that feminism didn’t end when women got the right to vote or when it became acceptable for women to join the workforce in traditionally male fields. Feminism is still very relevant today and very necessary.
Of course it takes more than just celebrities claiming to be feminists to show the world. It also takes individuals sharing their experiences and their stories. Putting a face to Feminism. Proving that it is relevant today and needs people’s support. To do this we have activists like Malala Yousafzai, who in her memoir, I Am Malala, tells the story of how fighting for her and other girls’ right to education almost got her killed. Because we live in the year 2014, we also have each other to share our experiences and spread the word through social media.