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Modern Feminism.

This week has been an emotional rollercoaster. The backlash against the newly minted 45th President of the United States has reverberated around the world and prompted worldwide marches in protest.

More than backlash against any one man or administration, the marches demonstrated a new resolve and inspiration for women to make a difference. Our generation of western society has been blessed not to be plagued with war and death and hunger and perhaps we have grown accepting and apathetic, forgetting our voices and the voices of the women before us, who rallied to change the world and succeeded. These women gave us the opportunity to vote, to work, to study,  to choose whether we want to be mothers and to have the confidence to ask for more. 

Being a feminist in 2017 is about remembering that voice and not being afraid or apologetic to use it. At the end of the day any administration is there to serve and reflect the people's view so the best way to bring about change is to ask for it. To stand up for those who are in the minority and those who are trying their best to make a new start, far from home. To stand up for those who have never been taught how to use their voice for fear of persecution and punishment. 

We women have always been powerful creatures, from the days of Cleopatra to the exiting First Lady Michelle Obama and our Aussie home grown powerhouses such as Dr Anne Aly MP. These women remind us that we are not weak and our voice is meaningful and can elicit change, even in the hardest of circumstances. Modern feminism is about rallying behind fairness, equality and tolerance so that our daughters and granddaughters can live in a world made better by the generation that came before them. 

So in the words of the real leader of the free world, Queen Bey.......Ok Ladies now let's get in formation. 

 

(Image credits: Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Gillian Laub.)

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