Fearless Female Interview: Julianne

Who is your role model / a female that inspires you?

Janelle Monae. She is a proud queer black woman who is not afraid to use her voice and harness her power. Janelle is the definition of magic. She is unapologetically herself and will not be put into a category or shamed by men who have no right to do so. “Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”


Why do you think it's important to see more women in leadership positions?

It only makes sense. Our leaders and representatives should reflect our world as it is. Women are 50% of the population. They should control 50% of the world.


What makes a feminist in your eyes?

There’s no right way to be a feminist. Be open minded. Be not only accepting but actively inclusionary of all races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and classes. Listen to each other. Learn from each other. Care about each other.


How do you work to make your feminism intersectional?

I work to make my feminism intersectional by allowing myself to be open minded to other perspectives and experiences. It requires consistent teaching and awareness and a reminder that you don’t need to know everything. My experiences are not universal and it’s okay to learn and grow. I try to tell myself that everyday.


How can women and girls support each other in today's world?

I believe it’s important to listen to each other’s stories and experiences. If we try to compete with each other’s disadvantages we will never make progress. But, it’s important to remember our privileges. Women of privilege need to listen to women who do not benefit from our system and need our support.