My APUSH Class: The Empowerment Of Women

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There was no instantaneous shift in my beliefs when I met them. However, upon meeting my best friends, I was introduced to a perspective that would come to formulate my own.

Initially, the word feminist weighed heavy on my tongue, foreign and full of skepticism because at sixteen I had a fallacious view of the girls who wore the title like a homecoming crown. My APUSH class proved me wrong. The girls at my table taught me that feminism was far more than unshaven armpits and misandry as society so often reduced it to; instead I learned it to be about empowerment, the uplift of women to rightful equality. That was a value my mother instilled in me from early childhood --- that I, a woman, am invariably equal to a man so the incredulity …show more content…

I realized that feminism was rooted in equality but branches into so many other issues like combating rape culture or the inclusiveness of LGBTQA+ and POC in the movement. And a campaign that supported the eradication of toxic societal norms was something I could wholeheartedly get behind. Before this discovery, however, I lived in blissful ignorance because I shared the same sentiment as most teens my age; you’re a kid, you can’t make a difference. I did not stand for anything of importance besides the occasional bandwagon belief because what did my opinions matter? Did I even have my own? Or were my words simply regurgitations of the ideologies my parents fed me? At sixteen years old, I was unsure. Give it a year, some heated conflict with my parents as well as a relearning of values and I would be. At seventeen years old, I fully understood what I chose to back those beginning days in APUSH but, more importantly, the significance of having something to stand for. I realized that a person’s beliefs characterize who they are and before I became a feminist; I didn’t have much of an identity -- I knew who I wanted to be but not who I was. So, in a way, discovering feminism and the girls at my table who first educated me helped me unearth who I am today. And I’m proud of who I am, proud that I am no longer the girl that shames, the girl who is unwarrantedly spiteful, the girl that puts others down. Not

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