“Women everywhere have been integrated into the ongoing global campaign. The international women’s movement has emerged as a visible and viable global force. The overarching result is, indeed, a reconceptualization of feminism…”
– Nitza Berkovitch, The Emergence and Transformation of the International Women’s Movement
Feminism. The F-Word. In our current decade, “feminism” is a loaded and negative word. It conjures images of bra-burners, pantsuits, and the concept of the feminazi. However, this is an antiquated view of feminism especially when looking at feminism in a global context. The most important theoretical addition to feminism as it relates to globalization is the theory of intersectionality. Intersectionality addresses the historical issue of feminism being only for upper class white women. With the theory of intersectionality, a woman’s race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, class and a myriad of other categorization are deemed important to her experience of gender. The international women’s movement can only be helpful to women globally if the theory of intersectionality is embraced within the movement.Otherwise, the movement will become one of “white woman’s” burden which would negate the validity and importance of any other female experience. Reconceptualizing feminism with the the theory of intersectionality at the root of the redefinition would take a lot of the negativity out of the word, and make feminism accessible rather than elitist.