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Words matter, people.

Updated: Apr 22

Seminal. First, important, fuck. Having to do with semen. Yah, I get it. But fuck.

Ok, synonyms, PIONEERING. Nope. Not that either.

I'm trying to write about a woman leader and not only would seminal be wrong in that context, pioneering would not honor her familial history. I'm a white lady and I know that much. Hello patriarch in our language.

I read a meme yesterday or a post or a story or a something that said, the current feminists are getting it wrong. Something like we don't want to be men, we want to be women and let men be men. Men are set to do certain things and women fill in the void. I might not totally understand that point, but it stopped me in my tracks.

I am a feminine creative woman. I wear dresses practically every day and I don't like to shoot a video if I haven't done either my hair or make up. Doing both is a banner day. And I am a sash wearing feminist that deserves the right to vote and to decide what to do with my body. I believe I can be a doctor or a lawyer, I can climb a building and work in construction and I can be a mother to children. I can teach, and write and compete. And I don't want to take anything away from anyone else, man or woman.

What I want is an equal shot, a leveled playing field. I want to be in the conversation because my brain got me there not my cup size. I want to decide to wear pants or make up, shoes or no shoes, be in the kitchen or the board room. I want to be thought of first when you have a problem to solve and when you need support. Being a feminist to me means that my voice matters just as much as anyone else's.

And I want my work to be ground-breaking, innovative and never seminal.

Anyway, I digress.


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