How to be a Feminist at Work

There are a lot of ideas that ground and inspire the way we think about feminism. But feminism also requires action. Working toward policy or system change is one way that many people participate in enacting feminist ideas – such as through the many protests we have seen over the past week related to Roe v. Wade. But we can also employ feminist thought through our everyday decisions and interactions.

Here are just a few ideas about how to be a feminist at work:

  • Question and change policies and practices that marginalize, exclude, or patronize people based on their identity or group affiliation
  • Resist patriarchal ideas such as separation, duality, control, and ordering
  • Welcome multiple ways of approaching problems and opportunities
  • Create an atmosphere that promotes care, belonging, and healing
  • Respect the autonomy and self-determination of people who have different life experiences and perceptions 

Redefining Feminist Leadership

In my last blog post, I discussed some of the troubles with feminism. While feminism is, very much like the world, imperfect–there are many ways that we can make it more inclusive, welcoming, and impactful.

Together, we can create a feminist leadership practice that…

  • Is intersectional (see the work of Kimberlé Crenshaw)
  • Values interconnectedness and complexity (see the work of AnaLousie Keating)
  • Makes space for ambiguity and nuance (see the work of Gloria Anzaldúa)
  • Welcomes multiplicity (see the work of Mariana Ortega)
  • Recognizes the complex relations we each have to systems of oppression (see the work of Audre Lorde and Patricia Hill Collins)
  • Includes but does not center the perspectives, needs, values, and goals, of White, middle- and upper-class, cis-gender, able-bodied, heterosexual women (see the work of the above referenced women)
  • Recognizes challenges, but also creates possibilities

I’m creating a space where all of this will happen. Stay connected with Jesstopia to get notified when this new space is released!