Throughout 2017, we are going to introduce our followers to the One Woman Project team by asking them five feminist-related questions. Here we have Hannah Kelly.
What is your name and your role with the One Woman Project?
Hannah Kelly, Board of Directors
What does feminism mean to you?
It means a shit-load to me. Feminism has shaped my past and present, and undoubtably will play a big role in my future. Feminism has taught me I am no less worthy because of my gender. Feminism taught me that I should be afforded the same opportunities as my brothers, even though my path to opportunity is riddled with setbacks. Feminism taught me to own my body, to be proud of my body, and to fight for my agency and the agency of others.
What personal experience drew you to feminism? Why did you become a feminist?
I don’t know that I ever ‘became’ feminist. I was raised by parents who never really differentiated between my brothers and I. They taught me that my body was my own, that my choices were my own, and that love was love. I guess my feminism has just developed over time. My growing was less to do with how I viewed myself, and more to do with how I judged that actions of other people. As I get older, I hope that my feminism matures… like a fine-ass cheese. I don’t want to be lazy. I don’t want to stop learning. And I sure as hell don’t want to stop fighting the good fight.
What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality?
I have always had a passion for women’s reproductive health and early childhood healthcare. I strongly believe that women have the right to choose how and when they would like to have children, and I believe that choice leads to happier and healthier kiddos. I also believe that this issue has been debated for too long by irrelevant, old, angry men without any real concept for the lives that are at stake.
If there was one feminist resource that you wish everyone would read or view what would it be?
Unpretty - TLC. Listen to that song, and look at a photo of them in their condom-bedazzled dungarees.