What is Feminism?

Check out my interview with Ted Simons, host of KAET-TV Horizon news show. We covered a wide range of questions on this topic. I’d love to know how you’d answer them. I posted this on Heartfeldt because we inevitably talked politics quite a bit.

GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The LeadPeople has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”

As co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a leading women’s leadership nonprofit, her mission is to achieve gender parity by 2025 through innovative training programs, workshops, a groundbreaking 50 Women Can Change The World immersive, online courses, a free weekly newsletter, and events including a monthly Virtual Happy Hour program and a Take The Lead Day symposium that reached over 400,000 women globally in 2017.


  1. cables on October 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

    • Gloria Feldt on October 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      I love that particular quote from Abigail Adams to John. Unfortunately, the women didn’t rebel and that is why it has taken so long to get where we are today.

  2. Aletha on November 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    As a feminist revolutionary, I could not presume to answer the questions, what is feminism, or what is the unfinished business of feminism. There are too many possible answers, some more or less different ways of saying the same thing, some outright contradictory. For instance, President Obama may be influenced by feminism, but his claim to be a feminist I would dispute, while recognizing that for many women, he is supportive enough of feminism to deserve the title. I have many different ways of answering those questions myself. This is one answer, from the page on my blog About Free Soil Party:

    Free Soil is based on a fundamentally different value system, where dominance and subordination are not valued, other words of power and meaning are reclaimed, to affirm life, liberty, balanced, meaningful partnership between people and Nature as well as women and men, actually solving problems like poverty and pollution, to make the best of this world, instead of the most profit for the few while the many suffer from misery, war, despair perpetuated by this system of conventional wisdom.

    I could say, all this is implied by your concept of a fair shake for everyone, but many would not draw such sweeping implications of that concept. They may not see conventional wisdom and values as fundamentally incompatible with social justice or, ultimately, the capacity of Earth to sustain intelligent life, but as a feminist revolutionary visionary dreamer, I do.

    • Gloria Feldt on November 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm

      Aletha, I always appreciate your clarity of vision. In my experience, attempting to deliver the message through mass media requires a good deal of simplification. Thanks for expanding upon my answers.

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