By Stephanie Walton, originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.
(Since the term “feminism” is such a controversial one, it’s worth defining before we get started. By “feminism,” I’m referring to the cultural conversation on empowering women to pursue the life they want – whether career, family, or both – in a manner that does not place them under existing expecations for how women are supposed to behave in any arena.)
It started with that infamous TED Talk in 2010. Then in 2012, Anne Marie Slaughter made us all realize we were chasing something that doesn’t exist. 2013 brought the TED Talk follow up, Lean In, right after Beyonce performed at the Superbowl and began ruling the world. Jennifer Lawrence talked about body image with Marissa Meyer. We were blessed with heroines like Peggy Olson, Claire Underwood, and Olivia Pope. Then Beyonce struck again in late 2013 with her secret album after some inspiration from Chimamanda Adichie. And don’t even get me started on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
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