“Feminism” may still seem like a dirty word in many parts of the world, yet feminists have made significant progress in European politics this week. For the first time ever, a candidate attached to an out-and-out “feminist” elected to serve on the European Parliament. Soraya Post, a 57-year-old mother of four, will 35% female representation, none of the members were aligned with a feminist party. The hope is that an increased feminist presence will help to actually address issues of gender equality rather than the status quo of giving these issues lip service followed by inaction. This year, the Feminist Initiative campaigned in favor of reproductive intersectionality of modern feminism, the party’s most emphasized position was actually about the
Post, a Roma woman herself, is proud to stand up for not only her gender, but also her ethnicity. “The 15 million Roma in Europe live as if it is a state of war in the peaceful Europe of 2014… it is not acceptable, it is shameful,” Post said.
Sweden is generally touted as a world leader for equality due to its (relatively more) equitable treatment of women and racial minorities. However, the party’s founder, Gudrun Schyman, labels this perception a “myth.” “We have a gender gap, violence against women,” she said. “If you look at [other political parties’] agendas, you can see that they want to weaken op-ed writer in the Telegraph feels that its not a good move to have feminists remove their perspective from mainstream parties and instead situate themselves as a fringe group. On the other hand, why should feminists patiently wait for existing democratic groups to take their message seriously when they have the backing necessary to