Feminism is experiencing a boom. It's in the news and in our daily conversations. In social networks and in real life. And, like every booming movement, feminism also has its referents. Women from all over the world whose thinking influences thousands and who will probably be remembered as the ideologues of this new wave of feminism which has grown in times of #MeToo and #TimesUp. Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan or Simone de Beauvoir of this time.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg became, in 1993, the second woman in history to be a judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, a position of power that he has used to defend laws in favor of equality. Already in the seventies he had created Women's Rights Law Reporter, the first publication focused exclusively on women's rights, and Women's Rights Project within the Association for Civil Rights.
Although deceased in 2014, the figure of Maya Angelou has not ceased to be a reference of current feminism. His literature has inspired the two fundamental movements in which he was involved: feminism and the fight against racism. He was part of the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside Martin Luther King, while starting a literary career in which he published more than thirty books, among which I know why the caged bird sings, of autobiographical component.
Griselda Pollock is an art historian specializing in postcolonial feminist studies and a leading referent of research on the relationship between women and art. He has studied the social structures that have led to the traditional exclusion of women in artistic circles. He has written more than twenty books, most of which focus on the feminist analysis of the cultural and artistic scene.
Sheryl Sandberg is the current director of operations for Facebook and the creator of the "Lean In" movement, after the publication of her book Let's go ahead (Lean in): Women, work and the will to lead. His work in this field focuses on the breaking of glass ceilings and the fight for that more women occupy positions of responsibility and leadership in the world of business After the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, he allied with Gloria Steinem to create a youth empowerment movement.
Malala Yousafzai is a refractor of feminism and of the struggle for women's education since she was a child herself. At just eleven, he was already writing a blog for the BBC and at seventeen he was the youngest person awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fight against the Taliban regime made her an international figure and, currently, her Foundation is fighting for the right to education for girls from all parts of the world.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I could hardly have imagined Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that one of her most popular thoughts, "We should all be feminists", would end up becoming a slogan of the current movement by the work and grace of Dior. But that was the title of one of his books and a TED talk that has gone around the world. With a prolific bibliography to its credit, it has become one of the main current defenders of the struggle for equality and the visibility of women of African origin.
Born in the New York Bronx and considered by many to be the creator of this new wave of feminism, Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement in 2006, long before the concept became popular until what we all know today. He became the leader of hundreds of women victims of sexual harassment and assault. Its merit was to create a safe space for women to speak clearly about the abusive behaviors they have suffered to fight normalized abusive sexual behaviors over the years.
Marielle Franco was a Brazilian sociologist, politician and activist, who fought for civil rights, especially for the black women of the favela. From his position as councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro denounced the abuses of power and the lack of opportunities for the most disadvantaged Brazilian women. She was murdered, in what the authorities considered an execution, in March of this year. His death resulted in a wave of protests in his country that has been the germ of a renewed feminist movement.
"Bad feminist." It is the concept around which Roxane Gay has built his speech. His acid self-criticism of women focuses on the difficulty meeting all movement requirements and works for the acceptance of the different nuances of feminism, which should not require anyone's absolute perfection. Bad feminist It is the title of his popular TED talk and a book that became an authentic since its launch best seller and referent of current feminism.
Activism is not at odds with the world of entertainment. And perhaps the best proof of this is actress Emma Watson, whose speech to the United Nations made her a benchmark in the struggle for equality, in which she believes that men must be involved at the same level as women. Therefore, she was responsible for launching the #HeForShe movement. His social networks are a constant source of debate about feminism and, in addition, he runs a reading club of fundamental books of the movement.
Also in the entertainment industry we find the most visible face of feminism in Spain. Followed by thousands of people on social networks (in which the fight for equality is the main topic of conversation) and engaged in different campaigns against machismo, earlier this year he published his first book, Bite the apple. The revolution will be feminist or it won't be, an essay on different aspects of the history of feminism and on the experiences that many women experience in relation to machismo.
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