Feminism week

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary currently defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economical, and social equality of the sexes, and/or organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” This week, the Women’s Center asks each member of the College community to think about definitions of feminism, personal affiliations with feminism and the daily impacts of feminism.

Throughout the week, the Women’s Center, along with its many supporters and allies, is sponsoring programming around the question “what is feminism?” in an effort to promote dialogue about feminism and women’s issues. We hope to show the Williams community that feminism as a movement is neither dead nor a static set of values and political beliefs. We challenge students, faculty and staff to not only think about the history and legacy of the feminist movement but also to consider what feminism means today and the future of the feminism.

Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Griffin 3 at 7:30 p.m., author and executive editor of the blog Feministing.com, Jessica Valenti, will be speaking about what it means to be a young feminist today. Her talk will focus on the current issues facing the feminist movement, why feminism matters and how feminists, both female and male, can work to make society more equitable for everyone.

We invite the Williams community to join us in our exploration of feminism by taking part in the many activities sponsored by the Women’s Center this week. We also ask those who identify as feminists to purchase and wear our newest t-shirt, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.” Please see our posters and our Web site, wso.williams.edu/orgs/wwc, for more programming information about “What is Feminism? Week.”

Tracey Vitchers ’10