“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
- Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a courageous, young Pakistani woman who nearly died for speaking against the Taliban by advocating for female education. She is a champion and defender of the rights of women and children internationally and a leading figure of the feminist movement. She has inspired and encouraged women and girls in the USA and around the globe that “their voice is so important to the change they want to see.”
“I Raise My Voice!” (FKA Austin Feminist) is a discussion group open to women of all ages and backgrounds. We deliberate on books, films and current events related to feminism and share our own unique but similar experiences living as women in a patriarchal society. We address the pervasive sexism that exists across all aspects of society – politics, education, pop culture – and its far-reaching effects in relation to domestic violence, violence against women, human and reproductive rights, as well as conflicts and problems within the feminist movement itself.
For "I Raise My Voice!," feminism means advocacy of equality for women across the globe and throughout all facets of society. This means the ending of institutionalized sexism, the ending of violence and rape against women, equality in the work place, and the idea that women be respected and treated as equal and worthy human beings by men.
Our objective is to provide a safe and empowering place for women to connect, to be taken seriously, and to be heard with the respect and dignity they deserve. Accordingly, this group is female-only. This is a great way to meet other like-minded women, make new friends, and become more informed and involved with the feminist movement.
We also meet occasionally for happy hour and other activities such as museum outings and live music. Please let us know if you have any suggestions!