You may be wondering what is intersectional feminism? Intersectional feminism is equality for everyone and includes women of different races, cultures, shapes, sexuality etc. These are some rocking powerful females that embody and embrace intersectional feminism.
Vanessa Wruble,Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour:
These women were some of the organizers of the powerful Women’s March that was started last year and that continues to grow. These women are all different races, colors and shapes but all protest the their rights and every women’s right. “If you’re in a movement and you’re not following a woman of color, you’re in the wrong movement.”
She might be young, only 19 years old, however she has become an intersectional feminist icon when she post a video called “What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?” in which she challenged white appropriation of black culture, around the age of 16. Ever since she has still try to challenge the status quote.
You might know her for her role in Orange is the Black but she has continuously talked about her struggles about being a black, transgender women in Hollywood. She continuously talks about the involvement of trans women in feminism especially trans women of color. “It is important that trans women are included in talks about women.”
You cannot talk about feminism especially intersectional feminism without talking about Malala Yousafzai. At 15 years old, she was shot in the face by the Taliban because of her support for girls’ education in her hometown of Pakistan. “So here I stand, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.
Celia Cruz was a Cuban born artist also known as the Queen of Salsa music. She was one of very few Afro- latina artist that contributed to intersectional feminism in the Latin community by embracing the beauty of afro- latinas, where you see a lot of fair skin, thin bodies and straighten hair. One of her many hits, “La Negra Tiene Tumbao,” (The black girl has rhythm) she praise afro latina women and their body, skin and rhythm.
There are many powerful women of different cultures, races and shapes that embody what feminism is.