As many of you well know from painful experience, one of the all-time greatest ways to create an awkward silence in almost any social situation is to walk into a room and confidently proclaim, “I’m a feminist.” Jaws drop, people scrounge around for an appropriate reply, your date says, “I’ll call you.” While they are standing there squirming, you might point out to them that,
“Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties.
Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions…for safety on the streets…for child care, for social welfare…for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law.
If someone says, “Oh, I’m not a feminist,” I ask, “Why, what’s your problem?””
The above quote is from Dale Spender, an Australian Sociolinguist and Technology Theorist and was passed along by the wonderful women at the Kentucky Foundation for Women.