Where are you from?
How do you spend your time?
Baking, reading, making cocktails, practicing aikido and hanging with the people I love.
What’s your story?
I’m originally from the Chicago suburbs and have lived in the Midwest my entire life. I was fortunate enough to be raised around strong women who taught me to always stand up for myself and the importance of self-love. I am currently a practicing attorney and feel that my profession, like so many others, has a long way to go to achieve gender equality. I am married to an ardent feminist whose constant support and encouragement humbles me daily. I am the proud owner of a snaggle toothed rescue dog named Carl. I am forever striving to better myself and to love those in my life to the best of my abilities.
What’s your feminist story?
I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, a lawyer, and a rape survivor. I don’t feel that any of those labels tell you anything about who I am, but unfortunately we as women are often reduced to such labels. I knew that I was a feminist the moment I realized our culture prevents me from defining myself on my own terms. I am a feminist because I know this can change.
What is feminism?
Feminism is empowerment. It is gender equality. It is recognizing women and granting them the basic dignity of self-determination.
What does "Feminist as Fuck" mean?
Feminist as Fuck boldly declares that ALL people deserve respect. Feminist as Fuck says that we exist, we are important, and our voices will be heard. It means that I will not be diminished to a handful of labels. It gives me the strength to move forward with pride and self-respect because I fucking deserve it.
What feminist topics are most important to you?
Ending violence against women. To me this is so much more than the physical violence of rape and abuse. It is daily micro-aggressions like the unwanted touch, comment or leer that we are expected to pardon. It is a rape culture that excuses a rapist because he is an athlete, wealthy or otherwise “culturally significant” and blames the woman for her clothing, alcohol consumption or mode of transportation (to name a few). It is “locker room talk.” It is legislation that denies us the rights to our own bodies. If we normalize these experiences, they will continue. It is important to me that we stand together and refuse to accept all forms of violence against women.