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I am a senior majoring in Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. I am in the process of starting a seminar project that I want to entitle "Feminism as Activism". Simply put, I feel that all feminists take on an activist role simply by proclaiming themselves as feminists. We are all subjected to a backlash and have to defend ourselves in most arenas. I'm kind of at a loss on where to start and I was wondering if someone on your end could help by giving me some research ideas--or anything!! Hope to hear a response soon. Thank you, Sarah

Thank you for your note to FEMINIST.COM and your thesis sounds great--and I agree that you can't separate feminism from activism. Just by saying that you are a feminist, you are pushing an idea/s of basic human rights--that equality is something to be demanded not overlooked. Because not everyone agrees with this, you are forced into the position of being an activist. Beyond that, I think that being an activist can take so many forms---it means giving $1 or more to cause that promotes feminism; it means saying "that's not funny" when someone tells a racist/sexist/homophobic joke; it means marching on Washington--even if only once in your life; it means saying "I am a feminist;" It means voting for a candidate (male or female) that promotes a feminist agenda. It also means so much more. You might want to look at other answers under this section for more ideas.
Amy

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