White feminism. You've probably heard this term recently, but may not fully understand what it means. The first time I read a headline calling someone a "white feminist," I assumed it meant a person who happened to be both a feminist and white. It was only after some research that I learned that "white feminism" is, in fact, a pejorative term meaning the kind of feminism that blatantly excludes the issues of women who are not white, cisgender, and straight. It's important to look into ways we as moms can fight against white feminism so that no woman feels excluded from the feminist movement.
Ideologically, it should be a no-brainer to identify as a feminist. Shouldn't everyone be on board with equality and equal opportunities for all people? Unfortunately, those publicly representing feminism have historically been middle- to upper-class white women with access to higher education. The injustices represented by white feminists don't even begin to touch on the surface of what women of color, LGBTQ+ women, low-income women, or women with disabilities face. Nor does it take into account that although some issues may affect all women, for example, the gender-wage gap, the experiences vary greatly from woman to woman depending on the color of her skin.