For many feministas, it’s important to preface our feminism with something that separates it from the mainstream.
"Latina" feminism, "Black" feminism, "intersectional" feminism and "inclusive" feminism are all identifiers we use to declare that we aren’t advocating for the "feminism" – that movement that historically erased mujeres who aren’t white, straight, cis, middle-class and able-bodied – most are familiar with.
But one of the biggest women’s rights organizations, the Ms. Foundation for Women, is on a mission to make the word, and the movimiento, inclusive of everyone, regardless of race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation and ability, because, as bell hooks taught us, feminism is for everybody.
On Monday, the nonprofit, founded by women’s rights leaders like Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas in 1972, launched its #MyFeminismIs campaign, which aims to create a new definition of feminism that doesn’t exclude anyone.
With a video featuring media makers like MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and organizers like the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health's Jessica González-Rojas and one of Latina’s former #WCWs Verónica Bayeti Flores, the group also wants to create a more intersectional representation of feminism.
And it doesn’t stop there. The Ms. Foundation is encouraging everyday feministas to use the hashtag #MyFeminismIs to, well, explain what the word means to them, personally.
Latinas are participating in the conversation, and here are their definitions of feminism:
#MyFeminismIs is about advocating for quality reproductive healthcare beyond status,language, and artificial borders.
— Nancy Cárdenas Peña (@ncardenastx) October 19, 2015
— Lidia Alvarez (@UhhhLidia) October 20, 2015
— Ileana Jiménez (@feministteacher) October 20, 2015
— christina martinez (@christinaixchel) October 19, 2015
Our feminism centers voices & lived experiences of Latinas & our families in order to shape the polices that impact our lives. #MyFeminismIs
— COLOR (@colorlatina) October 19, 2015