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The F Word
The word "feminist" still raises hackles. Is claiming this word all about age, race, and class?

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What is in a name? A hell of a lot as we know. Choosing to call ourselves Ms. freed us from having our status defined in relationship to men and marriage. But are you any less a feminist if you choose to be called Mrs.? At our conference, the most spirited exchanges were about naming oneself a feminist. Some white women were shocked when a number of young women of color said they don't use the name because they see the movement as white. Like it or not, the word feminist has baggage that we need to unpack, especially when it comes to race. Here are comments from some of the women who participated in that discussion, readers on our Web site, and activists from all sides.
  ESSAY:
  Call Me Woman by Jill Nelson
   
 

INTERVIEWS:

 
Helen Zia Author Of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People
   
Paula Rojas Sista II Sista
   
Betty Buckley Tony Award-winning actor/singer
   
Vivien Labaton Director, Third Wave Foundation
   
Jennifer Baumgardner Coauthor of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
   
Mary Kay Blakely Ms. contributing editor and activist
   
Ingrid Rivera-Dessuit Racial and economic policy analyst, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute
   
Aileen Hernandez First commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
   
Aimee Carillo Rowe Author and academic
   
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