Jessica Yen sat down with FEM this week to talk about her role in starting a new project, Bruin Dine here at UCLA, being an Executive Director of a large and growing campus organization, and how feminism has impacted her life.
“We need to keep encouraging women and other marginalized groups to go into the STEM field since males still make up an overwhelming majority of the demographic. And we need to finally educate men in a way that lets them relate to women’s issues as human issues, so that they can’t so simply filter out stories like mine.”
Feminism to Jeana is her realization of her views regarding the ways people should treat each other and “represents like a maturation of [her] understanding of the world.” Jeana, however, felt a powerful turning point for her was when she entered UCLA and saw Constance Wu.
“Feminism is not simply about equality, but rather about justice for marginalized communities and disrupting processes that constantly make things unequal.”
The recent strides in Hollywood finally punishing men’s abominable behavior has made Adams ecstatic. She feels as though the women who have come forward to decry their abusers, after years of suffering in silence, have broken that cycle of shame. Shame that has no place being carried on victim’s shoulders.
Calvin hopes to see greater diversity in the future, and a more accepting culture in general: “Just do whatever you want to change the world without anyone holding you back.”
“It’s more than women just getting an equal playing ground. It starts with treating women as actual people – it sounds funny to say, but it’s true – and expands from there.”
“For a long time, people thought that if women changed and asked for more rights, we would have equal rights. The work, however, needs to shift so that men are actively participating. Just as we speak about victims of sexual assault without addressing aggressors, we always talk about the feminist fight as a woman’s fight, without addressing that men are contributing to and benefitting from the current systems in place.”
Feminism gives Jada the confidence and faith in herself that society often fails to instill in her, and she hopes to use this confidence to inspire others to do the same. Jada concluded, “The world would be such a better place if we explored intersectional feminism and understood the importance of it.”
As a feminist, Adilene doesn’t want anyone’s dreams, ambitions, and self-expression to be limited by gender roles and gender expectations: “It’s a thing that’s imposed on us, and we have every right to break from it.”