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Beyoncé. Ultimately bringing the feminist movement to modern day pop culture, Beyonce may have teetered on the fence about being a feminist in the past, but with the release of her self-titled album in 2013, she seemed to fully embrace her stance. On the track, „Flawless,“ she sampled author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s motivational TED talk,  „We Should All Be Feminists.“ With the release of her following album, Lemonade, Queen Bey one-upped herself with a short film that was a beautiful  ode to black women. 

“I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let's face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what's sexy. And men define what's feminine. It's ridiculous.”

SINGER, DANCER & ACTRESS


The Sufragettes. In the first major rallying cry for feminism, The Suffragettes fought vehemently for women‘s rights, most specifically, the right to vote. Their movements and protests, both peaceful and radical, allowed for the nationwide right for women to vote in 1920.

Women have only been allowed to vote for 98 years!!!

Some of the most notable women in the movement? — Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emmeline Pankhurst, Sojourner Truth.

ACTIVISTS


Yayoi Kusama. The mother of all things polka dots, Yayoi Kusama began playing with the idea of accumulations, a late 1950s avant-garde concept involving the consolidation of multiples of objects. From Accumulation, it is also noted that Kusama plays with nudity her body of work. This is highly related to Kusama’s cultural background. As sex was (or is) a taboo and a kind of dirty topic in Japan, women were forbidden to talk about sex in the public place. After leaving her own country, Kusama was affected by the open mind of western culture and tend to challenge her culture by presenting nude portrayal of herself and dots on her body. It shows the idea to refuse male domination and the courage to show female power.

ARTIST & WRITER.


Coco Chanel.

During a time where women were expected to wear nothing but skirts and dresses, Chanel dressed them in pants and suits — bringing the comfort of men‘s apparel to women‘s fashion. Coco‘s designs helped to liberate women through fashions that have stood the stand of time.

FASHION DESIGNER & BUSINESSWOMAN


Emma Watson. “And if you still hate the word — it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it. [...] Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”

ACTRESS & UN ACTIVIST.

One of the generation‘s newest voices of feminism, The actress captured everyone‘s attention with her moving speech in front of the United Nations that launched a new initiative for gender equality. Watson‘s work for the UN reminded  us all that feminism isn‘t just a fight for women — it‘s for men to join in as well. Since, she has launched the #HeForShe movement, her own feminist book club and plenty of conversation about what it means to be a feminist today.


jennifer lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She’s spoken out about the wage gap in Hollywood, even writing an essay about it for Lena Dunham’s “Lenny Letter” in October 2015. In 2016 she hosted a dinner to discuss women’s equality, reminding people that the fight isn’t over. “One of the most important things for this movement is to get out of this mindset that we’re in a post-feminist era,” she said. “I don’t know who came up with that term, but it’s the most damaging term that we have because it’s just not true.”

ACTRESS & ACTIVIST

“A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, "Whoa! We're all on the same team here!" As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.”


Alice Walker. Walker was involved in the Civil Rights Movement alongside Dr. Martin Luther King before joining Gloria Steinem as an editor at Ms. Magazine. Walker‘s most famous work, The Color Purple, became vital in telling the story of black women and was later adapted into both a movie and a Broadway musical. Walker also co-founded Wild Tree Press, a feminist publishing company. She made sure black womens‘ voices were included and heard. In 1983 she was the first to coin the term, ‚womanism,‘ which sought to include black women in feminism. 

WRITER & ACTIVIST.


Eleanor roosevelt.

POLITICIAN, DIPLOMAT & ACTIVIST

Roosevelt became the first First Lady to take on responsibilities beyond merely hosting and entertaining in the White House. Before her tenure as First Lady, she was already outspoken and involved with women‘s issues, working with the Women‘s Trade Union League and the International Congress of Working Women. From 1935 to 1962, Roosevelt wrote „My Day,“ a newspaper column that addressed women‘s work, equality and rights before there was even a word for „feminism“— the social issues at the time were considered „controversial,“ especially for that of a First Lady to speak about. After her time as First Lady, she became the first US delegate to the United Nations, served as first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and also chaired JFK‘s President‘s Commission on the Status of Women to promote equality and advise on women‘s issues.

It's Time For A New Chapter. – A Beginner's Guide To Feminism  

A booklet in four parts, explaining and fighting the controversy of the word “feminism”. (Part 1 & 2)

It's Time For A New Chapter. – A Beginner's Guide To Feminism  

A booklet in four parts, explaining and fighting the controversy of the word “feminism”. (Part 1 & 2)

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