By JENNIFER MANDELBLATT
I was asked recently, “Why do you identify as a feminist?” And for a few moments, I didn’t have an answer. When I came to Cornell, it was the first time I really started to understand the purpose and value of feminism and then share that purpose and value publicly. However, I never stopped to ask myself, “Why have my beliefs turned into a self-assigned label?” After reflecting on this question I realized that I call myself a feminist because I want others to know that I recognize the persisting inequality. I call myself a feminist to bring awareness to the fact that gender has real impact on available opportunities. I call myself a feminist in the hopes that another feels comfortable doing the same so that together we can engage in a dialogue and action to fight for equality.