Yesterday I looked through my closet for a purple shirt. And much to my surprise, there was not one to be found. Anyone who has known me for the past 25 years would be slightly shocked at this wardrobe malfunction, as purple was once one of my favourite colours. I even owned a pair of purple Doc Martin shoes (screaming militant separatist, I hear you say). Now all that remains is my purple hockey shirt, jacket and bandana. Alas, I left those back in Melbourne. My reason for searching for a purple shirt will be revealed later in this post. But this is not a post for fashion aficionados, it’s for those of you who are wondering about IWD (International Women`s Day). It`s also a post about the significance of the colour purple and what it has come to represent for individuals and groups worldwide.
I am not ashamed to utter the F word in social circles, and would not apologise for my allegiance to this particular 'ISM'. I am a proud feminist because I am increasingly aware of my own position of privilege, and am ever grateful for those courageous women who fought for the rights that I often take for granted today. I am a feminist because I know that in many parts of the `developing`world, women are still second class citizens. I am a feminist because I know that throughout the world, women are more often victims of poverty, war, abuse and violence. And I am a feminist because I believe that the world still needs feminists and that solidarity is the only way to effect significant and lasting change.
Causes Cindy Sullivan Supports
Plan: 'Because I'm a Girl'
Fred Hollows Foundation