February 2, 2012
Millennials vs. Feminists?
“A familiar refrain is that there is ‘no need’ for feminism anymore, that somehow we have reached the pinnacle of equality and social change,” says M. Burford, 29-year-old boating safety officer.
“I often feel sad about the commentary people of my age group associate with feminism.”
She’s not alone – many say, 45 years after the creation of NOW, feminism is fading with each generation.
The reason? Some blame Millennials.
The concept of feminism seems dated or “not sexy” to many Millennials, according to an article in the Huffington Post.
“[Millennials] may be uncomfortable calling themselves feminists because of a misunderstanding of what feminism means today,” says Nikki Karalekas, a
professor of women’s studies at Emory University.
“We have grown up with so many rights and freedoms which we never had to fight for,” adds Burford. “But so many women still lack those basic protections. That fight should be ours.”
While these findings are troubling, the growing popularity of blogs and online publications aimed at young feminists shows there are indeed Millennials who are passionate about women's rights.
Want more? Through publications like Bust and Ms. Magazine (and LittlePINKBook, of course!), all generations can stay informed about the issues facing women today, and what we can do to foster change.
Bonus PINK Link: What can previous generations learn from Millennials when it comes to money? Find out here.
Minute Mentor: Servcorp’s Jennifer Goodwyn explains how to engage a Millennial workforce.
By Amanda Wikman
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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