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I didn’t realize that I was a feminist until my senior year of college, which was just this past fall. I always found “feminist” to be a dirty word. I had figured that being a feminist was improperly associated with women who were bitter, single, and alone in this great, big world. I realized that my assumptions were wrong once I started cultivating a career instead of just working jobs.

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I no longer wanted to climb a corporate ladder the rest of my life. I want to take a Sheryl Sandberg approach at cultivating career, to treat the career realm less like a totem pole-esque ladder and treat it more like a jungle gym. I came out of the Feminist Closet, so to speak, first as an attempt to appreciate the fact that if I really wanted to be brave and strong enough to make a career path,  I needed to dive in headfirst with as much self-love, respect, and admiration for other females paving similar paths.

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I have a great amount of respect and admiration for both men and women who strive to promote gender equality for both sexes. Being a feminist is not about being superior to men or believing that men are all dirty, chauvinist pigs. Being a feminist means that men and women should begin on the same playing field in terms of gender. Men and women should be equal.

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One of my favorite hashtags on Twitter is #INeedFeminismBecause .  Here are several photos that I found via Twitter, Pinterest, and other Social Media sites which truly resonated with me and I hope they resonate with you as well. This post is dedicated for every person out there who is afraid to come out as a feminist (or genderist, so to speak). The time is now.

Cheers,

XOXO,

@bobellerz

@alphafemsociety

P.S. Here are the photos

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