The dictionary definition for feminism is, “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes is about the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”
One year later, on International’s Women’s Day 2019, with the impending opening of our next two clubs; in Mayfair, London and West Hollywood, Los Angeles, we are taking a moment to understand what feminism means today – to both us and our remarkable members.
On International’s Women’s Day 2018, we launched the first AllBright Club on Rathbone Place in London. We underestimated the huge demand for a network and community celebrating and connecting smart–thinking women and are thrilled at the ever growing ‘sisterhood’ that the AllBright is creating, both here and in the USA.
As co-founders, we are feminists and are unapologetically feminine. We believe that today’s movement is about empowering ourselves and the women around us, instilling confidence in women of every age, and every stage of their careers, to bridge the equality gap between the sexes. We also recognise that this cannot be achieved alone so we welcome enlightened men as guests to The AllBright; as to really make a change we need both sexes contributing to the conversation.
Now, let’s hear from The AllBright members on what feminism means to them in 2019…
Mikaela Jackson, Founder of She Almighty
“For me, feminism is about girls and women feeling and being empowered in every sense; it’s about them creating the lives they want and being whoever they want to be. As a coach for women, my approach is self-empowerment because I believe that a strong mind-set is fundamental. So my business, She Almighty, is all about women feeling self-empowered so they can be the best version of themselves and create the careers, businesses and lives they love with positive impact.
But ultimately, equality of the sexes is the bottom line; that’s boys and girls, men and women around the world receiving equal opportunity and treatment. We still have a way to go and if that means challenging the narrative by debating over the dinner table, standing up at work when you experience an injustice, or joining an organisation for the advocacy of women’s rights. We all have a role to play and as Helen Pankhurst once told me when I met her, all of those actions are important.”
Poppy Delbridge, Business + Life Coach
“It’s the ongoing remembrance that we are capable and equal; the small hand going up in the classroom when something doesn’t feel fair, the roar of a lioness providing the food for her young, the free choice to totally wear those slightly too short shorts you like ‘just because’.
Feminism is a freedom thing.
However, the word itself comes loaded and judged – we are all products of our own fishbowls, armed with our own versions of ‘normal’ – but at its core, it’s about reminding ourselves, and others, that we are all equally imperfect and born of the same stuff. It’s the knowingness that we are all in this together. We all count. We are all seen. At its best, it’s an empowered and kind collective, which seeks to make us feel validated and connected as women of the world today.”
Ngoni Chik, fashion and lifestyle blogger
“Feminism to me means the fight for limitlessness of gender and true equality between the sexes. It means freedom to be the kind of woman I want and need to be, without being judged by some archaic barometer and the dissolution of gender roles. Feminism to me is something that benefits women and men.”