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The F Word: Feminism In Jeopardy by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
Women and Politics
Audio available online at 10:05 AM Pacific Standard Time
There are two obvious ways that women can be involved in politics -- they can vote and they can run for office. So why it that so few women hold elected office, particularly at high levels in state and federal government? Why is it that 19 million young women didn't vote in the last election, despite bemoaning the lack of gender equality in the United States? By ignoring electoral politics, are women ignoring a crucial means of making change in society? Environmental and political consultant Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner takes a look at why so many young women avoid both electoral politics and the word feminism in her new book The F Word: Feminism In Jeopardy. Marcie Sillman talks with her this hour on Weekday.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner author, The F Word: Feminism In Jeopardy - Women, Politics and the Future
Marie C. Wilson president, The White House Project
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I thought this was a particularly insightful discussion about how young women define feminism, the relationship of feminism to activism and to the empowerment or disenfranchisement of voting. I urge both women and men to listen to it. I was hoping for a longer program to really tap into the generational divide between so-called Second and Third Wave Feminists. (You will need either Real Audio or an MP3 player to hear it.)
I've long considered myself a true feminist, by definition of the word and not by perceptions of what others try to mold feminism into, much like the author of the book. I enjoyed hearing the discussion of how the The White House Project is working to recruit women of any political affiliation to run for public office, and their strategy to encourage girls to become interested in leadership at a young age by working with toymakers to create President Barbie for young children. I haven't read Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner's book yet, but I'll be stopping at my local indie owned bookshop for a copy this afternoon.
I also highly recommend the book Manifesta : Young Women, Feminism, and the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. If you can't purchase either for yourself, get to a local library and borrow a copy. You'll be doing yourself a real favor if for no other reason than to attempt to educate yourself on different levels of how people think about feminism outside of your own exposure to the concept and personal experience(s).