Women in the World and Gloria Steinem Address How "White Feminism" and "Privileged Strikes" Don't Exist

Women in the World's power women sparked a conversation on International Women's Day (March 8) about world change in a movement being called, "The Way Forward."

Journalist Tina Brown brought her Women in the World Salon to L.A. on the eve of "A Day Without A Woman," organized by the people behind the Women's March on Washington to speak about the strike and address the concerns of all women.

"There's no such thing as a privileged strike," Tamika Mallory, national co-chair of the Women's March said on stage at the Women in the World L.A. Salon last Tuesday.

Mallory continued, addressing those who can't afford to take the day off to strike: "If you feel like you cannot strike, do not strike. Don't stay home, go to work. And that others should support them and strike on their behalf."

Similarly, two days later on Thursday, MAKER and activist Gloria Steinem attended a New York City Girls Leadership non-profit benefit and addressed how to make sure young girls get proper mentorship that will allow them to become our future leaders.

Rachel Simmons, Girls' Leadership co-founder, credited her mentors: "Everywhere I am today, I am there because of an older woman."

Steinem credits guidance from books — specifically from character, Louisa May Alcott, who lived inside the novel "Little Women" — a "world in which women talked about everything," Steinem said.

Then, she went on, much like Mallory did, to address that there is no separation between females based on privilege or race.

"There is no such thing as white feminism. If you call it white, it's not feminism. It either includes all women, or it’s not feminism," Steinem said. "Disproportionately, African-American women invented feminism, and if you call it a white movement, you've eradicated… hundreds and hundreds of people who I learned from, who were my teachers."

 

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Steinem reminded the room that gender equality was worth the long fight because behind the "difficult conversations," lies great joy.

"Now, I'm not saying that they're not difficult, but I think we should also capture the joy of it because it’s not about difficulty," she said. "You get to hear different jokes [have] different experiences and food and, I don't know, you get to love each other."

Watch the full panel from the Women in the World L.A. Salon with Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Rabbi Sharon Brous below.

Get to know MAKER Gloria Steinem in the video player above.

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