The Positive Feminist : A Change for the Better

Updated on April 9, 2017
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With a background in Education, Renee has a passion for women's rights, child development, special education and inclusion.


Over the centuries women have made incredible progress in the fight for equal rights, yet we still live in a world where Donald Trump can be president of one of the most powerful countries in the world. We still live in a “nation where women are paid less for the work they do, do more unpaid work, are denied seats at the heads of the largest corporations, are more stressed and are greater victims of harassment” (Jericho, 2015, p. 1). We still live in a world where political leaders openly show contempt for women, rape culture is normalised, pornography is easily accessible, teenage girls are pressured into sexting, revenge porn is an acceptable way to express your dislike of a female, and 70% of girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in looks, school performance or relationships.

So now, more than ever, is time for a change. It’s time for the POSITIVE FEMINISTS to stand up and take charge.

Positive = Having good effect

Femininst = a person who supports the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.

A Positive Feminist is a ‘person’ who:

1. Supports and celebrates women and their achievements. Oprah Winfrey, Julia Gillard, Rosa Parks, Cathy Freeman, Constance Hall and Michelle Obama are all strong, fearless women who have accomplished amazing things in the face of adversity. The Positive Feminist acknowledges these women by including them in daily conversations, sharing their achievements on social media and educating the younger generation about their endeavours and triumphs. Our young girls should be exposed to strong women they can aspire to be like and our boys should be exposed to the strong women they can aspire to be surrounded with. Exposure to these women doesn’t just need to be limited to those that are famous but should also include everyday women who are standing strong in their chosen pursuit; whether it be the stay at home mum, the working mum, the scientist, the ballerina, the doctor, the teacher, the grandmother, the policewoman, or the artist. All women should be acknowledged, supported and celebrated for their contribution to the family, society and the economy.

2. Embrace Men. Men are not our enemy in the fight to equality, but rather our greatest ally. Barrack Obama, Steve Biddulf, Prince Harry, The Dalai Lama, Ashton Kutcher are all great men in their own rights and all should be embraced for the part they play in society. Our girls should know that great men like this exist. Our boys should know how a decent men acts. Let’s include men in the fight for equality instead of alienating them.

3. Doesn’t become the person they despise. Donald Trump has become the number one enemy of every feminist on the planet (and rightly so), yet why are we lowering our standards and acting in the exactly the same manner to which we are protesting against? The pictures below are all examples of body shaming, genital humiliation and sexual ridicule in order to make a point about sexism. Isn't this exactly what we are fighting against?


In the words of Michelle Obama, “When they go low, we go high”. The Positive Feminist is always one who rises above this.

4. Always stand up for equal rights. The Positive Feminist will always stand up for their own rights and the rights of others. Being positive doesn’t mean being submissive. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to make your point. There is nothing more powerful than an articulate, confident, and well researched woman who can state her case. When you speak up for yourself, you are also speaking up for every other woman in the same position.

If you already are a positive feminist, if you want to become a positive feminist or if you just want to see a positive change in the world, please like, share or comment. The Positive Feminist movement – let’s get the ball rolling!

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them” - unknown


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Jericho, G. (2015, February 27). In most areas, Australian women are getting a much worse deal than men. Retrieved from The Guardian:

Khadem, N. (2016, March 24). Australian women make 83¢ for every $1 a man earns: report. Retrieved from Sydney Morning Herald:

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.


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    • Renee Irving-Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Irving-Lee 

      3 years ago

      Thank you Ashish. I really appreciate your feedback and kind words.

    • Sharlee01 profile image


      3 years ago

      Renee, First let me say your post was thought provoking, and very well written. I enjoyed the read. I can see you are passionate in regards to the subject.

      I am not a typical feminist. I am a woman that never considered herself less than a man. I was raised to embrace being a woman, and never let anyone man or woman make me feel I needed to fight for my self esteem or my worth. I accomplished, and felt proud of my accomplishments. I did not care if anyone noticed my accomplishments,I noticed.

      You asked me to name a women I personally look up to. I appreciated Mother Teresa she truly gave of herself. It appeared that she demanded little to nothing, but touched so many. She never stopped striving to help the less fortunate. Was she a feminist, no she was a woman....

    • Ashish Dadgaa profile image


      3 years ago


      Very well written article Renne. I would say this is really a motivational and inspirational for all women out there. I loved the way you have a drafted this hub. I loved the content and starting & ending nicely written.


      Bless You

    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      I would add Oprah Winfrey, Amy Chua, Allison Lee Pillinger and Michelle Malkin to the list of women I admire and good role models.

    • Renee Irving-Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Irving-Lee 

      3 years ago

      @Sharon Stadja. Thanks for reading my article and thanks for your comments. Everyone has their own ideas on who would make a good female role model and who has helped in the fight for equality. Please add to the list of women who you have in mind.

    • Renee Irving-Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Irving-Lee 

      3 years ago

      @Jack Lee - First of all, thank you for reading my article. In my eyes, Michelle Obama has always presented herself with grace and dignity and I think she is a great role model for all young women. You may not agree with all of her ideas, and that's ok. Please feel free to list any women who you think are strong, positive role models.

      As for your comment about the pictures of Trump in my article, I totally agree. They are all examples of body shaming, genital humiliation and sexual ridicule - which was the point I was trying to make; that's exactly what feminists are trying to fight against.

    • Sharlee01 profile image


      3 years ago

      I can see some relevance in support and celebrate. I do not actually feel Michelle Obama did anything to help bring women's problems to the forefront. She has the perfect forum being the First lady, but one saw very little of her. She did make a couple attempts, but never brought her ideas to fruition. One such attempt such as "We Will Rise mission. Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World. But again she was on her way out, and nothing came of it? I will say she certainly kep herself from and controversy. She actually did not keep her law license ? Can't say she won't do something now that she is out of the WH. I hope she does, her voice would carry weight.

    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      It is ironic that Michelle Obama names Beyonce

      as a roll model for her daughters a few years ago. Her music and lyrics are popular but are they the message of a feminist?

      Your piece also attack President Trump because you disagree with him. It is also ironic how Michelle Obama stands for peace and equality for women and yet did very little to help when she was First Lady for 8 years.

      Case in point, Syria atrocities. Her husband did nothing when Assad use chemical weapons on his people. Now with Trump, when he is actually is doing something, and are welcomed by the Syrian people, you and your feminist attack him. Why don't you put your ideology aside for once?

      You lost me with those images. It does not help your position when you mock someone especially when that person is the President. Just an honest criticism of your piece.


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