By: Sydney McDonald | Managing Editor
The Feminist Movement is one of the biggest movements in the US in the last century, and even more recently all across the globe. Consequently, it is also one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued movements. There are people all over the spectrum of what feminism means to them and what the outcome of the movement should be.
As learned in the past, it is hard for a society to accept change, and that is what the feminist movement represents. Change to bring more equality to all people.
Feminists For Progress is a newly rebooted organization at South Alabama, starting only last semester in early 2019. Led by President Liv George, they hope to help bring the feminist movement to South and help portray it in a more positive light.
“Instead of holding true to our ideals that ‘all men are created equal,’ we deliberately exclude certain groups and make them fight tooth and nail for the right to be recognized in the same spheres as straight white men. However, there is no battle worth fighting that I expect to be easy,” says George.
In their general body meetings, they have group discussions on how to bring in different organizations and how to include groups that normally would not participate in these kinds of events otherwise.
George stated her definition of feminism is fairly easy.
“Equality. Simple as that. Women, men, and non-binary people are all the exact same barring some sex-cell differences and should be treated as such,” she said.
FFP hopes to continue the spread of positivity through not only women but, everyone on campus by using the feminist movement to guide the way.
“I would say that the feminist movement has, especially in recent years, gone to a place of language and anger that does not win anyone over… Our main goal is to just spread the word that we are fundamentally equal but personally unique. These are both to be cherished and separated. Not divisive and polarizing,” George said.
George hopes to use her position with FFP to push movements at South around the Title IX procedures, saying South would benefit from a “more transparent stance” on some of the floating issues involved with it.
According to George, though the feminist movement is ongoing, there is an obvious sense of community here at South.
“I think the most important factor of feminism is the sense of belonging, which Mobile and South both are very good at creating. We really seem to have each other’s backs, and that’s very refreshing and I think the world needs more of that,” she said.
If you would like to become involved with Feminists For Progress please contact Liv George at firstname.lastname@example.org.