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Global feminism by Emily Heroy

July 15, 2010

This post is a part of the Global Feminism series, where each GAB editor is sharing her/his own definition of global feminism. What does global feminism mean to you? Discuss this definition and your own definition in the comments below, and join the GAB editorial board and fellow readers for a live chat discussion about global feminism on Monday, July 19 at 8pm CST. More info about the live chat here.

Global feminism, for me, does not just include women’s rights. While I believe that women’s rights are central to the movement as a whole, global feminism also includes fighting against all inequities: such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Feminism cannot possibly make change without other movements and issues aligned to it.

I want to specifically address the term “global” in “global feminism.” Feminism has traditionally been associated with Western white women–which I don’t think this is what feminism should be. Feminism has a history of excluding many groups of people, particularly those who are underprivileged. For me, I believe that using the term “global feminism” will help to re-invent the term “feminism,” to take away negative connotations and speak for all people–not just privileged, white women from the West.

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