Feminism, Individually Defined

(re)defining FEMINISM

Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect.

Urban Dictionary

For me, Feminism has meant discovering the different facets of myself. The different places I can go to find the strength to surmount obstacles and fight for what I deserve. In doing this, I have found myself through my Education, Empowering other women, Embracing life and what it has to offer me, Thriving rather than surviving, growing as a Progenitor, using my Resilience to get back up when the world knocks me down, and forever budding Confidence and becoming more comfortable with who I am as a women. It has been a journey in learning how to balance strength with vulnerability, independence with the innate feeling of wanting to be held, and wanting to give all of myself to all my passions but with the desperate need for self-care and reflection.

Education

Knowledge, skill, and understanding.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

JYoung7

Education has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. Getting my master’s degree was by far one of my proudest moments. I wanted to give my daughter a reason to believe in her ability to accomplish anything that she puts her mind to.

Empowered

To promote the self-actualization or influence.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

JYoung6

I continue to become more self-aware, culturally aware, and systematically aware. This has opened my eyes to what passions live within me and how I can use them to motivate me to create change in myself, as well as the world around me.

Embrace

To hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly: to use (an opportunity) eagerly.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

JYoung5

As a woman I believe it is important to embrace all facets of ourselves and our lives with open arms. Not only is my number one priority to love and nurture my daughter, but to embrace the other areas of my life so that she knows what she is capable of as a woman.

Thriver

My mission in life is merely not to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Maya Angelou ♥

The victim generally relates in the present tense, with the trauma, assault or violence that was experienced. The Victim’s Identity and level of functioning is defined by the trauma.

The survivor relates more to trauma in the past tense. Their level of identity and level of functioning is much greater than the victims.

A thriver’s main goal is to live life and to move beyond the trauma. They integrate the trauma into wisdom of the person they have become. The focus is to live life, rather than simply surviving life.

Every Woman’s Place Training Manual

JYoung4

As a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault I have had the privilege of becoming an advocate for other victims and survivors. I have been able to use my experience to connect at a deeper level with my clients and assist them in navigating their way through the healing process.

Progenitor

A person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model; predecessor; precursor

Dictonary.com

JYoung3

As a supervisor I am able to help other social workers and women find themselves in their work. I am able to be an example and show them that it is possible to use your deepest passions to help people.

Resilience

The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

JYoung1

As a woman, resiliency has been one of my most prized possessions. I was born a statistic, and quickly began playing the role of the many stereotypes placed upon me in society. I was born to a poor single mother, and became one myself. Nevertheless, I was also born resilient, and was able to break down barriers. This is something I hope to pass down to my daughter.

Confidence

Belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance

Dictonary.com

JYoung2

As a woman in today’s world, it can be difficult to have confidence. Self-love is something that has been a journey for me. I will continue to grow in my realization of my worth and what I have to offer the world.

Every day I focus on being and living my own definition of feminism.

JYoung8Jasmine Young is someone who wears many hats. She is the Volunteer Services Coordinator at Every Woman’s Place, who serves sexual assault and domestic violence victims. She is a social worker, a mother, and an advocate. Most importantly, chooses to define her own identity.

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