To Victory and Onward

by wildfeministappears

Hello, and congratulations.  We finally gained a victory, and it was all because of the steps that we took, whether it was posting a picture, signing a petition, or not giving up on the idea of the voting process.  Women took a huge stand in this election, finally bringing their voices together and saying that the way things were was wrong.  And soon, it will change.

And if it doesn’t change… we’ll just keep pushing.  Because that’s what we do.  We take steps each day to make change happen.  We are never passive.

So, for those who are just joining us in the fight, or for those who have been here since the dawn of wrongness, I welcome you.

Take the first step.

1. Don’t ignore the problem

If something bothers you, say something about it! Sign that petition, write that blog, repost that picture, speak out!  Every step counts, and as we’ve learned, the only way to change a problem is through educating the community around us.

We should be enraged if someone commits a crime, moral or otherwise, and there is no good reason to ignore it.

2. Start the movement in your community

Chances are, there aren’t a lot of feminists gathering around and discussing issues in your community.  But there is a lot better chance that someone is out there, waiting for the opportunity to be with others that think like they do.  So give them that chance!  Find a place for safe discussion, and let people know about it.  Let them know they aren’t alone, and that there is something they can do.

The strength of feminism comes from having a community to gather with, to plan and to motivate.  We need each other, and there is a place for us in your town.

3. Volunteer with a feminist organization

There are a lot of organizations that need volunteers to help with the cause, and they have a lot to do!  Even if you only have a small amount of time, there is something for you to get involved in.  You have the choice of what to do with your free time, and what better investment than to make sure the world has a better chance at equality.

4. Change your mind

Feminism isn’t just about women’s rights.  It’s about equality on all levels, and if you have an issue with a group of people, it’s time to change your mind.  Oppressing others is no way to make the world a better place.  Individuals are not their group, and everyone deserves to have the same choices about the way they live their lives.

If feminism is a straight white female group, then feminism is wrong.  Just as Bell Hooks says, feminism is for everyone, and we have no chance to bring equality to the world if we spend our time excluding others from our own group!
Every moment in your life is an opportunity to help the world.  The problem is overwhelming, but hopefully this victory is the encouragement you need to understand that each problem just needs to be taken in little steps.

Volunteer opportunities:

http://unitewomen.org/page.php?89

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-involved/

http://www.now.org/actions/

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