As a group of feminist women, we often get asked what we think feminism is, why there is feminism and how it affects our lives; Well...
Photo by Getty, Found: www.politico.com/story/2017/01/michelle-obama-next-step-democrats-234047
Above is a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama, ex President of the United States and first lady. Beside them is Donald and Ivanka Trump, the new President and first lady.
Michelle Obama, is not only the first black first lady but also a huge supporter of women's rights. She is such a powerful role model to any woman, as she cares so deeply and wants to make a change.
There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish, whether that's in politics or other fields. Michelle Obama
In march 2015, Michelle Obama set up a charity called 'Let Girls Learn', which gives a right to every girl to access education across the world. Putting funds into already existing schemes and setting new ones up, so that girls can feel safe and secure when learning so they can reach their full potential.
On monday, may 1st 2017 Donald Trump has decided to put an end to the initiative, ordered to 'cease immediately' even though it has secured enough funding to continue in over 50 countries for years to come. Women have fought for centuries, and it's shocking that one man can undo so much good in the world and people can stand by and let it happen.
Feminism has paved the way for women to have better lives, to be able to work, to be able to vote, to be able to love yourself. Feminism has played a role in the civil rights movement, the suffragettes stood up for what they believed in, and sadly died for it, and much more. Feminism is still needed today, because without it, women would not have a voice, support or freedom. There is still a fight that needs to be fought, women all over the world are still being raped, murdered, trafficked, abused, and tortured. In developing countries women don't have access to police, hospitals, support networks, or abortion clinics. In fact, it wasn't long ago that abortion in England was illegal.
“Women would drink bleach to try to induce miscarriage. They would have very hot baths, or move heavy furniture, or try to do it themselves with a needle or a crochet hook,” Diane Munday
Our performance is a cry for help for all the women out there who aren't safe, aren't treated fairly or don't have a stable education. Our performance is a small step in the right direction and if it persuades any of our audience members that feminism is still so important, then we have done our part and made the world that tiny bit safer.
By Georgia Randall
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