This article was originally published in November 2016.
It is updated on 1 January 2019.
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‘We are so tired of the word ‘feminist’, we need to change it.
‘ We need to be more inclusive.
‘When we talk about gender, we’re talking about equality, we are talking about the right to live, to work and to have the opportunity to fulfil our dreams, and that’s why we need a word that is inclusive of all of our identities.
We need a term that we can use to speak about what it means to be a woman, and it’s not just about being a woman but being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or a person who identifies as queer.
The term feminist has become a buzzword, and the word itself is often associated with the movement that started with the 1970s, the women’s liberation movement, which brought women the vote and women the right of self-determination.
In recent years, the term has gained momentum and the movement has made strides to promote the concept of gender equality.
But while feminism has taken off in the UK and US, the concept is not universally accepted.
The concept of a woman as equal to men is not as universally accepted as in the West.
‘It’s time to talk more about feminism, it’s time for the term to evolve, it can’t just be a term used to describe something, it has to be something that actually means something,’ said Emma.
‘The word is a very powerful word, but it’s a very specific term and that doesn’t mean that we should forget about the other words that people use, like the word queer, and what that means, or what the other women’s movements have achieved in the last 50 years.
‘If you look at other countries around the world, the only thing that people really associate feminism with is the word, not with the actual work that feminism does.
‘Feminism has become an umbrella term for many different things, so why do we not use it more?’
Emma is the co-founder of the LGBT Women’s Network and has worked for more than 20 years in advocacy, including for survivors of domestic violence and for women’s rights groups.
She also works in the field of gender studies.
‘As a woman in the LGBT movement, we have to be very clear and upfront about our feminism,’ she said.
‘In the UK, we talk a lot about the concept that women are oppressed and not all women are victims.
‘That doesn’t actually apply to us.
‘There is no such thing as a feminist movement, there is a movement for women and that movement is a feminist one.’
We’re not the only group of women that feels this way.
It’s not an exclusively female group, we can be diverse and we have diverse voices, and we all have a lot of the same issues.
‘I think the term feminist is important, but when you start talking about feminism as a general concept, you forget that there are so many different ways to be feminist.
‘So when we use the word feminism, we need more people to realise that it’s really inclusive of everyone.
‘What I want to be known for is my work, and this is something that I believe in and I’ve done for 40 years, and I know that people in the world recognise that, and they’ll support my work.
‘Being a feminist means being a good feminist, and being a feminist is about having a life that is good for people.
‘Our work isn’t just about equality for women, we want to have a life where we can raise a family and we want a community that is respectful of our rights and we don’t have to have to live under the threat of violence, discrimination and sexual violence, and so on.’
Emma says she is passionate about working to end violence against women.
‘Men can also feel threatened, but women are just as vulnerable, and when we see the work that’s being done to end sexual violence and abuse, to end domestic abuse and violence, we know that we’re on the right side of history.’
‘What’s been inspiring me most is that the UK is a place that is really supportive of women, it doesn’t necessarily want to accept women into the workforce, it wants to be inclusive of women in the workplace, but they are still going to have barriers.
‘They’re still going, ‘You have to take that on, it isn’t right’.
‘But it’s about being able to be who you are, to have confidence in your abilities, and to be proud of who you’ve got, and not to be afraid of that.
‘Women are the most resilient and courageous group of people in this country, they’ve survived a lot more than men, and if they’re not working towards equal treatment, then it’s going to continue to go down the drain.’
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