“When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we wish.”
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Every day, you hear about a woman who was abducted, raped, maimed, or killed for publicly speaking about inequality, having a job, trying to receive an education, or simply because she was a woman.
Just as common are the more subtle threats to woman: critiques of a politician’s appearance rather than her stance on an issue, or the latest “female” magazine that only mentions how to “keep your boyfriend interested” or look 10 years younger. Has a woman’s purpose been limited to this?
Where are all of the feminists?
And then comes the abortion debate. The typical assumption is that a woman can’t possibly be pro-life and a true feminist. The sad result is that often a pro-life woman’s opinions are disregarded…by so-called feminists! However, what feminism — and our world — needs is an honest discussion about what leads a woman to get an abortion, and if this woman felt like she had a choice in the matter. Or are women having abortions they really did not want to have.
I hope this series will be an avenue for honest discussion on the challenges pregnant women face and an opportunity for reviving a feminism that challenges individuals and communities so that women and all life can thrive.
-Caroline Musslewhite, COL ’16
media co-chair for GU Right to Life
Like what you read or have ideas for topics? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or come to our Pregnancy Resources Forum to voice your opinion on what the university community could do better to support pregnant students: mothers and fathers.
this is the prologue to a series called Pro-Life Feminism — new posts will be up every other week on Feminist Fridays!