I actually had two male colleagues proofread my last blog entry. After all, I didn’t want to sound like a bra-burning, man-hating liberal. So in thinking about my next blog I said, “I definitely have to stay away from the women’s issues this week or else people will think I am a crazy feminist.” Then I realized, what is so wrong with being a crazy feminist? In fact, shouldn’t we all be crazy feminists? Shouldn’t we all want an equitable society for our sisters, mothers, daughters, and wives?
Yesterday, our She-roes event amassed more than 60 nonprofit women (and one brave man) who weren’t afraid of the “f” word. As evidenced by the passionate discussion on how to better support women in the nonprofit sector – the topic is far from irrelevant. Looking around the room, I couldn’t evade the feelings of reverence. I admire these women who work tirelessly to make our community a better, more vibrant place. I am inspired by them. I am inspired by the woman who is a recent doctoral graduate, an executive, and a mother of two. I am inspired by the woman – a victim of domestic violence – who discovered a voice by helping other victims. I am inspired by the teenager who accompanied her mother – a mother who was demonstrating her life’s work of fostering the growth of young girls. Today, I am proud to be a crazy feminist.
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou