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I did an english research paper on feminism. One of the requirements for the paper was to interview someone who knows more about the topic than yourself. Well, it is not an easy task finding someone in that area, so I turned to the e-mail and found you. So, if you don't mind would you answer just a couple of quick questions. I have to present this to the class really soon, so hopefully you get this.

1.) What is being a feminist mean to you?

2.) When did you first become a feminist?

3.) What made you decide to become a feminist?

Thank you for your time! Please write back, thank you.

Sincerely, Kim

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM--and I've done my best to answer your questions. I hope this helps with your research paper. Good luck - Amy

1.) What is being a feminist mean to you?
By dictionary definition, a feminist is someone who supports the full social, political, and economic equality of all people. I like to add to that, the goal of feminism is to be able to have enough information to make informed choices about our lives. Also, by my definition---feminism is about "freeing" everyone--so it intersects with class and race.

2.) When did you first become a feminist?
In hindsight, I realize that I have been a feminist my entire life. However, I didn't outwardly acknowledge this until I was in college and realized that I need to be vocal about my beliefs since there was still so much standing in my way.

3.) What made you decide to become a feminist?
I become a feminist mostly as a result of my situation--or my life's experiences. I was raised by a single mother, and I saw her struggle with that and with building a career for herself. I was always athletic and I always saw the boys teams having more access than the girls. Then in my career, I saw too many professions that were predominated by males--being high wage jobs and too many professsions that were predominated by females--being low wage jobs. So really I became a feminist, because I wanted to change these things--and because I wanted to be myself.

P.S. Please feel free to write back if you need me to clarify anything.


Amy

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