(This post is from another Jessie blog, Fourth Wave Business, and is republished here for your enjoyment!)
Having grown up with a very strong female role model in my mother I knew that women were equal to men in ability and skill. Seeing my mom succeed in her career and participate in the local women’s groups I was perhaps a little sheltered in my understanding of the outside world’s view of women. It wasn’t until my 11th grade American History class that I learned about the suffrage movement and heard my mom recount personal stories of growing up as a woman in the 60’s.
Through my membership in the Ringling Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association I have learned a lot about women in the workforce and just how difficult it can be to attain the same achievements as men in business. It seems as though we have to fight harder and tread more carefully for fear of being seen as too docile or too aggressive. Assertiveness in women is still seen as a flaw rather than celebrated as it is with men. It’s just downright unfair and I’m sick of it.
With the emergence of the handmade community I’ve seen a lot more women take on leadership positions by starting their own businesses. Etsy.com is a huge source of empowerment for women entrepreneurs. It allows for creativity and business to combine in one fluid way. You can read articles on women who have quit their day jobs or stay-at-home moms who can conquer home and business life. It’s inspiring. I highly recommend you check it out.
Now for my views on feminism (because although this blog is about business I also have to throw in little personal tidbits so you get a better idea of who I am and where I’m coming from). . .
I believe the Fourth Wave of Feminism should be about equality of ALL. All interpretations of gender, all sexes, all socio-economic levels, EVERYONE equal. Is that such a crazy notion? No! I also believe that as female entrepreneurs we are in fact part of the FOURTH WAVE. Let’s claim it for our own and spread the revolution!
So everyone, can we please band together and kick start this fourth wave through entrepreneurship?