Yes! This old, bearded biker is a feminist.
It’s March, it’s Women’s History Month. A to celebrate the often-overlooked accomplishments of some remarkable women. All of which have made large impacts on our lives. And for me, March, and the preceding month are two very important times of the year.
Why? Because I have a foundation in feminism.
Not quite the connection you had hoped for. Let me explain.
Feminism for me is equality. Not at the end, but at the beginning of the race. You see I believe in a meritorious system where your success is determined by the work you put into the goal. The problem with that is not everyone starts at the same place. For instance, if I were to shave, cut my hair, drive a vehicle with more doors, and find a shirt with buttons, well, that puts me in the front of the pack. For many, the change isn’t that easy or impossible. As we follow the gender-biased within our social construct it holds people at the starting line, while others get to move out ahead.
But it’s larger than mere sexism. My perspective is that gender and sex discrimination form the very skeleton that holds the skin of and muscle of oppressive practices.
A few weeks ago, a man on the elevator commented on my pink purse backpack. He said, “Do you wear that, so nobody steals it?” My only rebuttal, the work is only just beginning. So, I will loudly celebrate the diversity, beauty, and power of women. Through fashion, I hope to give back what was taken, a voice, a role model, a distinguished place in our individual histories.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without so many influential women pushing me forward.
Feminism for me is equality. Not at the end, but at the beginning of the race. You see I believe in a meritorious system where your success is determined by the work you put into the goal. The problem with that is not everyone starts at the same place.
Another overlooked woman.
“The Motorcycle Queen of Miami,” Bessie Stringfield was one badass woman after my own heart. She was the first black woman to ride a motorcycle solo across the entire United States. She was also one of the few civilian motorcycle dispatch riders for the US Army during World War II. Credited with breaking down barriers for both women and Jamaican-American motorcyclists, in 2002 Bessie was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
She basically spent her life breaking down barriers by riding her motorcycle. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. In the ’50s, she moved to Miami, where she had to prove her riding abilities to stop getting harassed by the police. There, she became a licensed nurse and founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club. Bessie demonstrated that if you want something if you love something, you should go for it no matter what stands in your way.
A lesson that still rings true today!
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