WTF Feminism Part 2.5: Actions Speaking Louder Than Thoughts

One of the things I heard a lot of while sorting through statements for this WTF Feminism series was that people associated feminism with activism, so they didn’t consider themselves feminists if they weren’t activists.  Now, I said in the first post that you CAN be a feminist without being an activist, and that is completely true.  Feminism is very much a way of thinking, and doesn’t necessarily involve specific activism.

BUT here’s the thing: feminism DOES require one to recognize that women are NOT treated equally to men, and that there are a lot of ways in which things could be improved.  So even though I would never say that you’re less of a feminist because you aren’t involved in activism, if you DO want to do something, here are a few simple ways to get more involved:

VOLUNTEER: There are a lot of AWESOME organizations that promote women’s rights or deal with women’s issues that DO take volunteers, including:

The National Organization for Women, which accepts volunteers at the NOW center in Washington DC, as well as through its local chapters across the country

RAINN-The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which runs Rape Crisis Centers as well as a Sexual Assault Hotline. Both the crisis centers and hotline take volunteers.

The Feminist Majority Foundation, which accepts volunteers at its LA and DC offices

Or find a local shelter for victims of domestic violence, rape, or other issues that you care about, and ask if they take volunteers. If you are located in the District of Columbia and want help locating such organizations, please email me at RadicalButLogical@gmail.com and I would be happy to give you more information about volunteering in DC.

SIGN A PETITION OR CONTACT A LEGISLATOR: Don’t have the time to volunteer but still care a lot about women’s issues?  You can check out a few of the campaigns and petitions the Feminist Majority Foundation has going here, and a few promoted by the National Organization for Women here.

INTERN: Are you a college student?  Do you still have nothing to do this summer?  Great.  The three organizations I just mentioned, as well as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and dozens of others, take interns as well as volunteers.  It’ll look great on your resume AND be an opportunity to work for some of the organizations at the forefront of these issues.

GO TO A CONFERENCE: The National Organization for Women hosts an annual conference as well as regional conferences; in addition, the National Women’s Studies Association also hosts a conference every autumn to allow those interested in women’s issues to meet and exchange ideas.  (And luckily for our readers, this year one of those is on the East Coast and one is on the West Coast)

TAKE PART IN A LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN: Equality Now, an organization based in New York, has been very successful at using petitions and letter campaigns to fight injustices targeting girls around the world.  You can visit their action center here.  Equality Now also takes volunteers and interns.

DONATE: It’s my last-ditch suggestion to you all, and I’d much sooner see everyone who reads this blog volunteer twice a month and email their congressperson about an issue they really care about than write a check, but the reality is that all of these organizations with all of the great work they do cannot do any of it without funding.  So if you would also like to donate, then by all means, donate.  It is still an important part of supporting organizations like these.

For a more substantial list of organizations that you can intern for, volunteer with, or otherwise support, please visit the National Council of Women’s Organization’s directory at http://www.womensorganizations.org/index.php?option=com_azcontentlist&Itemid=31 or hang tight-~-Hayley and I have a page coming out devoted to volunteer and advocacy opportunities soon!

You can help fight for things like reproductive health and rights, reduced domestic violence, the rights of rape victims, the end of human trafficking, equal pay, and a myriad of other issues.  It’s all a matter of finding the right path for you.

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~ by Randi Saunders on March 19, 2012.

One Response to “WTF Feminism Part 2.5: Actions Speaking Louder Than Thoughts”

  1. […] for information about getting more involved, and we think that’s AWESOME.  When I published WTF Feminism 2.5, I gave a couple of suggestions for getting more involved…now I’m going to give you a […]

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