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 Isabelle Bowen-Rotsaert.
What is your name and your role with the One Woman Project?
Isabelle Bowen-Rotsaert - Feminism 102 Facilitator
What does feminism mean to you?
The modern feminist movement seeks to abolish any societal structure that privileges one person over another. Equality doesn't cover it - racism, colourism, islamophobia, ableism, ageism, transphobia, homophobia, bierasure etc. etc. etc. are all feminist issues, because women of colour, dark-skinned women, Muslim women, disable women and LGBTIA+ women exist at the intersection of multiple disadvantage.
What personal experience drew you to feminism? Why did you become a feminist?
I think I was always a feminist, though I didn't have a word for it until highschool (an all-girls Catholic highschool mind you). My first exposure to the feminist movement was International Women's Day in the early 2000s. The QLD state government ran a campaign - "Women Can Do Anything" and it resonated with little Isabelle, who didn't like being told that girls weren't allowed to climb trees and catch insects and had to like pink, sit quietly with your knees together and that "he's mean to you because he likes you"
What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality?
I am passionate about diverse representation that accurately represents our diverse community. We as a society get all our social information from the media - news, film, tv, music. Nothing is created or consumed within a vacuum, so we can't begin to change ideas and actions around race, gender, class, ability, culture etc. without first learning to be critical of the media that shapes such ideas. We need more diverse content creators behind the camera and more diverse performers in front of it, not just the same couple of straight, white, wealthy, cis men rehashing stories that benefit their interests.
If there was one feminist resource that you wish everyone would read or view what would it be?