In honor of International Women’s Day, check out this fascinating TedX Talk given by activist Courtney Martin. She talks about how the definition of feminism has changed for millennials. It’s not just about women’s right to work anymore. It’s about immigration, human rights, community organizing, online petitions, and more. She also addresses one of the many paradoxes of our generation: we supremely overestimate ourselves at times, and deeply underestimate ourselves at other times.
Many in my generation – because of well-intentioned parenting and self-esteem education – were socialized to believe that we were special little snowflakes who were going to go out and save the world… We walk across graduation stages, high on our overblown expectations, and when we float back down to earth,we realize we don’t know what the heck it means to actually save the world anyway. The mainstream media often paints my generation as apathetic, and I think it’s much more accurate to say we are deeply overwhelmed.