We’re sharing voter comments and asked Mwende five (OK, six) questions to move her along from “Feminist You Should Know” to “Feminist You Knew When.”
2013 Feminists You Should Know
After receiving hundreds of nominations for our Feminist You Should Know contest, the Feminist Campus team sifted through them and decided on ten finalists. These finalists came from a diversity of backgrounds, universities, regions, and perspectives in the feminist movement - and shared blog posts they wrote, from which members of the Feminist Campus community voted on a final winner: Mwende Katwiwa.
Starting today, the larger Feminist Campus community – that’s you! – can cast a vote for who moved you deeply, inspires you most, or simply has your favorite haircut. You have exactly one week to vote for a winner in our Feminist You Should Know contest using our handy-dandy voting form!
“I’m grateful to learn about the nine outstanding feminists who share this honor; winners all of us, thanks to that one person or to the many who vote/s for us and on whose shoulders we stand.”
“My anthology started right where I began – with the powerhouse mujeres in my life and their love of homemade beans, rice, and tacos (in that delicious order).”
“Embracing the term feminist became a form of activism in itself, a demand that if I was to claim the title as I had been encouraged to do, then the movement needed to similarly claim me and my experiences of womanhood as well.”
“I used to be ashamed of all this energy I had inside that was just waiting for the chance to burst and work for some good. I learned to harness it, and that is what led to my journey in activism.”
“My missionis to show the world that everyone is worthy of respect regardless of what they look like by providing a platform for body positivity and to engage political discourse surrounding beauty standards, bodily autonomy, gender awareness and cis-hetero patriarchal values.”
“Activism has always been a part of who I am and who my community raised me to be.”
“We need to unite and spread the message of feminism the same way pebbles make waves when landing in a pond. These newfound ripples need to start from somewhere. It might as well be us. I want it to be us.”
“I’m proud of our young people, I’m proud to be a millennial, and, most importantly, I’m proud to be a young feminist.”