Three questions with blogging network editor Jenn GlinskiWritten by Jemma Tracey
Tell us a bit about your journey with The Young Women’s Movement.
My journey with the Young Women’s Movement started when I heard co-director, Kara, give a speech at the Scottish Parliament after a visit to New York for the Commission on the Status of Women. At one point she was asked if she felt that young women who identified as feminists struggled to communicate and liaise with “older” feminists. Her answer was honest and refreshing and echoed what I had been feeling for quite some time; that young women constantly had to ‘earn their feminist stripes’ and were not always taken seriously by older generations. I immediately knew I wanted to be involved in any capacity possible with The Young Women’s Movement.
Lucky for me, a few weeks later the YWCA put out a call for feminist bloggers to write for the blog. I felt like I had won the jackpot when I was taken on as one of the bloggers! Now I have been asked to be more hands on with the blog, help generate ideas and content for the blog, and to assist the bloggers in the network with whatever they may need to contribute.
What themes and conversations do you want to explore with bloggers?
I am really interested in exploring female to female empowerment. I feel like there is still a notion that women have to tear each other down to be successful, that you can only be successful on the back of someone else’s failure. I want young women to change this and start actively assisting one another in succeeding. Closely following, reproductive and sexual health news is also high on my list of things to explore. A lot is going on in the world right now that aims to restrict access to reproductive services and limit women’s autonomy over their own bodies. It is an on-going struggle and something that needs to be talked about a lot since it is not going to go away any time soon.
Which three women would you invite to join you for feminist cocktails and why?
This is such an incredibly difficult question! In no particular order…
Oprah: Because, well, she is Oprah! She has literally overcome every obstacle imaginable in her life and has remained strong, honest and relevant throughout it all. If she is not the definition of #lifegoals then I don’t know who is!
Margaret Sanger: I have so many questions for her, both good and bad. She opened the first birth control clinic in the US in 1916 (!) and established what has now become Planned Parenthood. She is a trailblazer of the highest form but in recent years her motives for providing birth control have been questioned and perhaps her cause was not as honourable as we all once thought.
Gwen Stefani: Everyone may not see her as a feminist icon but I remember the exact moment when I saw her sweating and doing push-ups on stage in the music video for “Don’t Speak”. I was 9 and had never seen anything like her. She was feminine but strong, she was outspoken but sensitive and more importantly, she called the shots in an otherwise all-male band. Before Gwen, I didn’t know women could do that and to this very day I still know all the words to “Just A Girl”.
If you’re interested in getting involved with our feminist blogging network send Jenn an email at: email@example.com
Jenn Glinski is MRes and PhD student researching violence against women at the University of Glasgow, and a women’s rights advocate. She has a LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and has been active in human rights for eight years. She has organised international conferences on maternal mortality, taught human rights at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, and co-authored the Harvard Initiative on Violence Against Women report on Scotland. Jenn, originally from Michigan, USA moved to Glasgow in 2011 and lives there with her fiancé and their black lab, Hector. Tweet her @jennski_27.