Editor’s Note: This Thanksgiving our bloggers say “Thank You” to their family, friends, heroes and to anyone who played an important role in their lives. I would like to Thank the amazing Fem2pto community for its support all these years and all the people who have been on my side since I moved to DC in 2009.
“My thanks goes to my mother. I don’t want to qualify her as strong, supportive or intelligent because I feel those would belittle the scope of formidable woman she truly is. I do, however, want to tell her that I love every part of her, that I forgive her her mistakes, and that I hope she is proud of me, despite mine” Clara Ashley Vaz
“I had a very difficult childhood and lived a lot of it in isolation in the wild woods of Wasilla, Alaska. So my great escape was through books. When I met Anne Shirley, of “Anne of Green Gables,” it was like I found myself — suddenly I wasn’t weird or alone. ” Emmily Bristol
“I’m thankful for the women in the feminist blogosphere (including my community here at Fem2pt0!). Feminist writers and activists have inspired me, challenged me and catalyzed me to create change. Feminist writers advocate abortion access and reproductive freedom, racial justice, food justice, LGBTQ justice, body positivism and diverse media representations. They speak out against misogyny, sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, slut-shaming and fat-shaming. All of this work contributes to dismantling the kyriarchy and uplifting the myriad voices of women. While we feminists are not a monolith, I feel an unparalleled solidarity. Some of these writers I’ve met, many I haven’t. But they have all changed my life. I will never be the same and I am forever grateful.” Megan Kearns
“Anita Hill has served as an inspiration to me throughout my careers in law and writing. Her courage in speaking truth to power was remarkable. Too few women today have that fortitude. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review demonstrated that women overestimate their own willingness to confront sexual harassment and scorn those who don’t. Until we are willing to act as forthrightly as Anita Hill, little will change.” Kate McGuiness
“I’m grateful for my twin sister, who is a social worker in the Midwest, devoting her hours to connecting with the mentally ill and the homeless to offer them aid and assistance. Sometimes, we get lulled into complacency, thinking that because we’ve donated some money, or blogged about a particular issue, that we’ve done our part. And every little bit helps, to be sure. But my sister reminds me that there is no substitute for the human touch, for the connections and relationships we build with people, especially during the holiday season and especially with those whose families are absent or far away. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my sister’s unfailing commitment to those less fortunate than her, and for her bravery in reaching out to really touch those who need it most.” Abigail Collazo“As a writer, I am thankful for the bravery and commitment of women who have and those who continue, in the face of many obstacles, to think out loud. I am particularly grateful for the communities that we can now belong to, like this one, that were simply impossible before.I am thankful for the unconditional love of my parents, for my husband’s life-saving good humour, for my children’s patience and for the many privileges of my life. ” Soraya Chemaly