Feminists Have More Fun
It's pretty difficult for me to speak about Feminism casually. It's a matter that I've become passionate about through learning the impacts of gender inequality and what it truly means to be a feminist. I can't say that I'm a good feminist - which is why I'm currently reading "Bad Feminist," by Roxane Gay - and I definitely wouldn't say that I'm a great writer or public speaker, so I recommend reading the excellent blog posts on the subject over at thelala.com.
I haven't always considered myself a feminist. I'd say that I've always felt passionately about the cause without even being aware. My first experience and personal confrontation with gender pay gap came just before I decided to happily self identify as a feminist. At the time this was not an issue that was on the news and it wasn't a popular topic on social media. A guy at work simply started a conversation about pay. He mentioned that when he had been working at the same company and for the amount of time that I had just reached, while he was in a lesser position, that he made X amount. He then suggested that I was probably making more than that, right? The answer, no. I was making under the original X amount he made in a lesser position, but the only response that I could manage was a faint "yeah" because I was too embarrassed to admit the truth. I was seriously hurt by the realization that I was not valued equally, not even close. Fortunately, within two weeks of my revelation I was offered a higher paying job at another company.
Afterwards I was so inspired and angered by that moment that I went on to give countless speeches on Feminism in my college speech class. I was still anxious to have a better understanding and went on to register for another class, Women in Literature, and learned about the sufferings of women throughout history. We discussed women who had dreamed of being writers but had to publish their work under male names. I realized that people in powerful positions may have given an inch here and there to women who fought for their rights, but that they had a taken mile. I had experienced gender inequality so many more times than just that moment at work, but it was "the last straw" for lack of better words.
People have given an endless number of reasons as to why you shouldn't be a feminist. I've seen youtube videos and people protesting on social media that it's counterproductive. I don't disregard their opinions one bit, but I know that Feminism is so incredibly important. I know that it started with women who wanted the same rights as men and that it will end with men having the same rights as women. Feminism is about breaking the barrier that says that men can't do a woman's job or experience a woman's pain and vice versa. So, I'm all in and I'm all about it.
My interest in fashion stems from my history of being quiet, but letting style speak for me. My "Feminists Have More Fun," sweater from the Lala shop is one of the comfiest reasons a girl can have for promoting a good cause. The best part of wearing this sweater is the knowledge that it's proceeds helped uplift another female on her journey to become an entrepreneur through the Lala Fund, a Fund dedicated to helping young female entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.