Where are you from?
Chicago (but born and raised in Minnesota)
How do you spend your time?
Working. Dreaming. Talking. Shedding light on things that need to be seen.
What’s your story?
I'm a midwife. I've been a midwife for over 11 years, and I have experienced the earth-shattering power of women every single day. I am focused on providing women actual options for what they want to do with their bodies. I help them to prevent undesired pregnancies. I support their choices to conceive. I help them stay healthy throughout their pregnancy to grow a healthy child. I support their birth choices to give birth in the setting of their choice, be it home, birth center, or hospital. I catch, or “deliver,” their babies and support them through the avalanche of becoming a mother.
I could go on and on about this......
What’s your feminist story?
I've never known anything else. In my childhood home, my mother and father shared responsibilities equally. Both worked full time jobs. Both did my hair in the morning. Both cooked dinner. I didn't notice that a woman's desire to be or do something could even possibly be thwarted by the men around her.... This was a rather simple feminist foundation to grow out of, but it was solid. It wasn't until later in my 20s, when I understood my calling to become a midwife, that I dove into a very primal world of female power...
What is feminism?
Feminism is maintaining the belief that women matter to this earth as much as men. That our contributions are equally valid. That our ideas are equally worthy of contemplation. That our presence is equally respected. That our desires for what happens in and around us in this world are equally entitled to be realized.
What does "Feminist as Fuck" mean?
“Feminist as Fuck” rolls off the tongue in a way to suggest that we are tired, not weary. Exasperated, not desperate. It unabashedly tosses feminism into the ring to have a conversation about the fact that We Are Here, We Got This, and We Are Quite Literally Making the World Go 'Round, so let's just get to work already.
What feminist topics are most important to you?
Reproductive rights in every single way. Holy cow. Family planning, birth choices, access to women-centered health care across all social, economic, cultural and ethnic groups.....
Global access to education.