So, I've been thinking about it a lot recently. It first invaded my head after reading CJane's definition of it an then again when I finally got around to reading the salon.com article. You know the one. The article mentions that some experts are starting to believe that feminism failed because of a recent trend of young mother's renewed interest in old fashioned skills like gardening and canning and sewing and crocheting. But you know what? I disagree. I don't think that it means that feminism has failed. On the contrary, I think it has succeeded to a degree that these experts just may not realize.
I think most people associate feminism with the opportunity to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. And while I don't disagree that is part of it, I think it close minded to assume that is all it encompasses. What I mean is, that you can tell a bright, young girl realistically that she is capable of achieving the desires of her heart. Whatever they may be. For some, that is indeed to become a CEO in Fortune 500 company, but for others, it may just be to open a cupcake bakery in her hometown. It may be to write a novel, to create a magazine, to home school her children, to become an opera singer, to revel in her love of cooking, to be a photographer, to serve her community.
The success of feminism isn't just the wealth of opportunities, it is the wealth of choices. And isn't that what feminism is all about? The ability to choose what you wanted to do with your own life. Whatever that choice may be.