Sunhay is a rising Junior and is interning in Queens, New York at the Women in Need Center, which primarily serves as a shelter for Asian women in crisis.
All my thoughts are in pieces. I have yet to look at the big picture and really soak in what these past eight weeks have meant for me. But here’s what I’ve got so far.
I declared myself a feminist within weeks of the Women as Leaders class two semesters ago. But throughout the next year, I still fumbled when my friends asked me what a feminist was. I had no definition for them and could never fully articulate what being a feminist meant for me. It was just too personal to lie out on the table. Too burdensome, maybe.
It basically had to do with my relationship with my mother, my mother’s relationship with my father and his relationship with me. Needless to say, it also had to do with how differently my brother and I were raised. These factors were deeply rooted within my choice to identify as a feminist—more than any of the statistics about unequal pay and the glass ceiling.
I can blurt out a textbook answer for what feminism means by now. But the word’s significant exists beyond its definition for me. It is a means through which I understand how gender impacts my life and the environments in which I operate; it provides me with the tools to look critically at conditions I have come to implicitly accept as the norm; it has impacted the very nature of how I see.
That is why I called, and continue to call, myself a feminist—because I had been touched by it.
And Moxie helped me think through all that.
But more specifically, Moxie has also let me see the various ways in which non-profits work to benefit women. Not a single non-profit works alone, nor can address the myriad challenges women face. It is all essentially multi-faceted in nature.
For instance, ending street harassment and educating young girls about women’s issues contribute to the fight against domestic violence (Hollaback and Sadie Nash). Battered women’s shelters and their clients depend on the legal system to be fair, without any double standards (Sanctuary and WINC). So there are other forces focusing on the education of judges across the nation (Legal Momentum).
But all such battles require resources.
So there are foundations dedicated to sustaining these people entrenched in the movement (Ms. Foundation and Third Wave). Granted, these foundations are fighting their own battles to maintain their funds and resources. And they depend on individuals like us to share our capital.
There are so many ways in which I can engage with this movement. So many ways in which people have engaged with this movement.