Not That Kind of Feminist, Ellen Malcolm
EMILY’s List founder Ellen Malcolm reflects on how stereotyping of feminists as bra-burning, man-haters weighed the movement down.
ELLEN MALCOLM: You know, politics is a funny thing. When you start to get political power, your opponents label you with all kinds of caricatures. They certainly did it with feminists. We were the bra burners. We were these tough, horrible, masculine women that were going to do terrible things to men.
Well of course, none of that is true. We believe that women should be equal players in our society. It's not about going against men. It's about promoting women. So I think a lot of people that weren't around in those days remember the caricaturists and think, well, I'm not that. I'm not going to be like that.
But I think as they start realizing that the world is not equal for women, that we are virtually unrepresented, almost, in political office, they realize that the world is not working the way they think it should be, and they should go out and help change it.