From the desk of Michael Stars’ President and Co-Founder, Suzanne Lerner: A look at feminism through the years and what it means today.
In a recent visit to a local store, I came across a group of young women and we engaged in a conversation about feminism. Quickly, I realized just how misconstrued the topic has become over the years. I now see the importance of educating women on what modern feminism looks like today.
With Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine and activist dedicated to advocating women’s rights.
The word “feminism” has come a long way since its inception from the women’s suffrage movement. Contrary to popular belief, being a feminist isn’t a race between men and women. It’s about building a world where an equal playing field for both genders exists. Modern day feminism is about raising awareness that women deserve the same rights as men, and should be valued and held to the same standard.
Emma Watson: Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador that helped launch the campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality.
As stated by actor Charlize Theron, “Girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way.” The pay gap between males and females has been a steady 78% (78 female cents to every man’s dollar) in recent years, and stunningly lower for women of color. The disparity between these numbers shouldn’t be viewed as a discouragement, but motivation to catalyze change and to shake outdated traditions.
We must continue to move forward by educating, empowering and spurring on young women towards social awareness. Organizations such as Step Up Women’s Network, Women Moving Millions, Women Thrive, Prosperity Catalyst and the Ms. Foundation for Women, are dedicated to bringing awareness to the real challenges facing women today. I’m personally devoted to funding these organizations and am deeply committed to helping women move forward in the world.
Next week, our New York based Michael Stars store will be hosting a New York Fashion Week cocktail party in partnership with the Ms. Foundation. This shopping soirée is dedicated to bringing together powerful women that collectively share the same vision to celebrate #Fashion4Feminism. 20% of event sales will benefit the Ms. Foundation.
It’s our duty to inspire other women and encourage them to becoming the best version of themselves. We should be each other’s greatest advocates. It’s time to re-open the conversation of feminism with the next generation.
You can RSVP for the event at: NYFW@michaelstars.com