Who is Rebecca Fernandez?
I spent the last few years as the Executive Editor for The Conversation and Senior Editor for HelloGiggles. Both of these experiences have contributed to my passion for supporting and uplifting women of all ages. The founders of HelloGiggles and Amanda de Cadenet are incredible role models who have shaped my love of female empowerment.
Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I think “feminist” is such a beautiful word, and I’m incredibly proud to be associated with the movement. There are so many strong women leading the way, many of whom I hope to feature here and share with the world. If I can do even a little to contribute to improving the future for young girls everywhere, I’d be so proud.
How do you define “feminism”?
Feminism, to me, means being true to yourself and believing in your strengths and what you have to offer the world. Feminism is standing up for what is right even if that means having an unpopular opinion. It is always making choices that move you forward, and joining the cause to fight for equality- and not just equality for women- equality for everyone.
I think in the last 40 years the idea of being a feminist has evolved in that it is not always assumed that because I am a part of this voice that I am an angry, man-hating woman. I can wear high heels. I can have my nails painted. I can wear red lipstick. Or not! And I can still be taken seriously. For that, I am grateful to the women who came before us.
How do you think we can make a difference in the world?
I think if every woman took the time to educate herself on what was going on in the world we could come together and defeat inequalities and injustices. There is no power that equals that of the female voice. Sometimes women can fall into a pattern of competing with one another, and being each other’s biggest critics. I think if we, as a gender, set our differences aside and join forces, there is literally nothing that could stand in our way.
What woman do you admire most?
There are so many women who make me proud to be a part of the feminist movement. Tammy Duckworth, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Kristen Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren all give me hope for our political future. Jennifer Lawrence, Lynda Obst, Rashida Jones and Kirsten Smith are all making huge strides for the advancement of women in the entertainment industry. And obviously Nora Ephron for just being a total badass.
There are truly so many women that I look up to, and I plan on using this site as a platform to share their talents and wisdom so we can all be inspired in our quests to make the world a better place.
Photo credit: Duane Fernandez