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feminist of the week: elaine zedack

Elaine Zedack
Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, USA

Describe yourself in one word:

What is your feminist philosophy?
Women are created equal to men and should not accept limitations set on their lives by anyone.

Why is feminism important in today’s world?
We’ve come a long way but we have a long way to go. It’s important that we support each other, even across the world.

When did you have your feminist awakening?
When I took my head out of the sand. It was my senior year of high school and I had a Contemporary Issues class that made me follow current events and politics. At the time, Hilary Clinton was running in the presidential primary and I was shocked at the reaction of my male classmates to her campaign. It was an outright disgust and the thought that a woman’s place is not the Oval Office came up more than once.

What’s your advice to other feminists?
Remember that every woman is your sister in this fight for equality. Always remember to be respectful, but never give up on what you believe.

What would have to change before men and women achieved true equality?
We need to have more men on our side. Things won’t change until we have male feminists infiltrate their ranks.

What is the most important feminist cause in your life?
Equal pay. I’m entering the workforce after this semester and the gap in pay between a man and a woman’s salaries is unjustified and unfair. In 2013 this cannot stand.


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