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 Riley Arthur.
What is your name and your role with the One Woman Project?
I'm Riley, and I'm an intern in the conference team
What does feminism mean to you?
Everything! I truly believe that gender based equality is the key to soooo many world problems, i.e. girls education in third world nations, womens right to healthcare, etc.
What personal experience drew you to feminism? Why did you become a feminist?
My friend and I started researching into Beyonce's feminism circa 2013, and it grew from there! I began writing school assignments on girls education (or lack thereof) and the way courts treat sexual assault victims base on their gender. I got so passionate about these topics!
What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality?
I feel so, so strongly about the right to education for everyone, particularly girls in developing countries. Of course, being pro-choice, I'm super passionate about all women receiving fair and equal healthcare and appropriate amenities, and to know the options on what to do with their bodies. Intersectional feminism is so important to me, being open and inclusive to all genders, races and abilities is a massive step that society needs to take.
If there was one feminist resource that you wish everyone would read or view what would it be?
It's typical and well-known, but for good reason: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her other novels, particularly Americanah, are incredible. I know in Sweden, every single 16-year-old receives a copy of WSABF.