What does feminism mean to you? We asked four women - Carissa Lee, Jessamy Gleeson, Michele Lee and Emma Fulu - exactly that and they shared their thoughts, wisdom and stories on feminism and being a woman in Australia.
“Feminism has given me the right to fight.” Carissa Lee is an actor, writer and academic based in Melbourne. As a Wemba-Wemba woman, she has fought to have her voice heard and believes in the importance and value of providing platforms for women, especially those from diverse backgrounds that typically aren’t heard or seen in the mainstream media. As a young girl, she grew up amongst domestic violence and shares her story of how feminism has given her the right to fight and why it’s important to stand up for what you believe and fight for equality.
Jessamy Gleeson is a passionate feminist who recently submitted her PhD exploring the use of social media platforms for feminist activism.
Dr. Emma Fulu used to be called superwoman. She had completed her PhD, had a wonderful marriage, three gorgeous children, was a published author and travelled the world with an incredible international career.
Michele Lee is a Melbourne-based author and playwright. Of Hmong descent, Michele shares her story and experiences with and of feminism – which are intersectional, and coupled with layers of race and identity. Her memoir, Banana Girl, was published in 2013 and she writes about the experience of growing up as an Asian woman in Australia, challenging the stereotypes and expectations often placed on minorities.