Of course, men and women can define feminism in any way they like, rant about it on Facebook, have a banter with friends or stay mum altogether – as long as at the crux of it, we’re all on the same page that women are equal to men.
One woman who has decided to weigh in on the on-going definition of the term is German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who was recently asked on whether she considered herself a feminist, reported ELLE magazine.
Earlier this week, the Chancellor, who was a research scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry before entering politics attended a panel discussion in Berlin – took a moment to consider whether she does, in fact, call herself a ‘feminist’. Merkel revealed, “I am not afraid of it [the label]. If you think that I am one – please, vote on it. But I don’t want to adorn myself with these feathers. To be honest the history of feminism is one with which I have common ground but also differences, and I don’t want to embellish myself with a title I don’t have.”
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands interrupted to say, “I just want that all women have freedom of choice and opportunities, that they can grab and be happy and proud of themselves.” To that, Merkel responded, “If that is a feminist, I am a feminist.”
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