Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving2Hey Ya'll! In honor of this Thanksgiving season we asked some of our favorite feminists to tell us what they are thankful for this year.

Check out our responses below:

"As I get more invested and involved in feminist work, I become more thankful and more passionate than the year before. I become more confident, more fearless, and more emotionally invested in the fact that not only can we see the world become a more tolerant and equal place, but we can actually be a part of the change. Claiming myself as a feminist and choosing defy or embody gender roles as I see fit has given me more opportunity, more power, and more empathy than anything else I have ever done. I feel so grateful for the women’s movement online that ignited this passion in me. Everyday in our online communities we get new articles, stories, and feminist educations that only the internet can bring. I feel grateful to exist in this space as a feminist blogger, filmmaker, and person who craves change. I am also grateful to the feminists who stand next to me to make that happen: Alicia, Maggie, Ashlee, Sal, Samee, Chelsea, and Jessica who dedicate their time to make Feminist Wednesday run. This is for everyone who sees Wednesday on their calendars as Feminist Wednesday." - Erin Bagwell, Founder of Feminist Wednesday 

“I have a lot to be thankful for: friends, family, and feminism making the top of the list. But this year I find it important and relevant to be thankful for myself. I’ve worked so incredibly hard throughout college to make me the absolute best version of myself. And it’s paid off! This summer I had an internship in New York City, working alongside an awesome mentor, doing what I love. I watched my dreams come true. Then I went back home to Nebraska and I watched my world implode on me. At the end of the day I was stuck with a person I didn’t even recognize, and that person was me. I’m thankful for myself because I refused to give into despair and am working my way to the top of a different dream; a dream I will create myself that I wholeheartedly believe in. I’m thankful for my friends, family, and feminism because without these three important parts of my life, I wouldn’t have been able to lift myself from the trenches and back into the clouds.” - Samee Callahan, Feminist Wednesday Designer

“I don’t even know where to begin. I am so thankful for so many things this year. I am thankful for my Dad. This year was really tough for me emotionally. It was really tough for him too, but he always made my emotions a priority and I don’t think I thank him enough for that, but I think it’s hard to even find the right way to thank someone who literally spends every moment making sure his girls have what they need. I am thankful for feminism, which is always such a given when you are a passionate feminist. My journey not only as a feminist, but as a woman has really taken this level of intense empowerment that I have needed for such a long time. I learned to love myself again. I learned to really figure out what my dreams are and how I can make that happen. I am thankful for Feminist Wednesday and Dream, Girl for continuing to be such an inspirational piece of the puzzle as I continue to navigate my feminist journey. I am thankful for my sister and her daughter. I am so proud of my sister for raising my Niece into this little fearless badass, who knows that she is beautiful just the way she is. Last but not least I am thankful for my Grandma. She has been gone for 9 months now, and I still feel her keeping me strong and making sure I do what is best for me. In the end the most important person in my life is myself. These are the things that keep me going, and for me that is what I am most thankful for.” - Maggie Kerry, Feminist Wednesday Social Media Team, Dream, Girl Social Media Guru

"I'm thankful for the fierce feminist friendships I have in my life. In wake of all that is happening in the world right now, it is a comfort to know I have a group of like-minded people I can turn to - whether that's to delve into the week's biggest headline, ask the hard questions or simply vent about that post I just saw on Facebook. Happy Thanksgiving to all you fierce feminists out there, wishing you tummies full of pie and some feminist allies!" - Ashlee Moser, Feminist Wednesday Social Media Team

"I'm thankful for my the founder and creator of Feminist Wednesday, my wife Erin Bagwell. To spend every day with someone whose work is doing its part to make a positive impact in the lives of women & girls everywhere is a wonderful adventure. Her passion and drive inspires me every single day, and constantly pushes forward me on my journey towards becoming a better feminist." - Sal Mastrocola, Art Director/Musician

“What am I thankful for? I am thankful that I got a chance to tell Alicia's dad how loved he was and to know I would always take care of his daughter, before he passed away. I am thankful for you, Alicia; without you, my days would be much less bright. You have continue to captivate me and amaze me with every accomplishment, and occasional lame joke. I am thankful for the insane duo that Mary Perrino and Alicia are. Mary you exemplify what it means to be a selfless and wonderful and best friend. And finally, I am thankful and indefinitely grateful to you Erin; you have awoken a passion and spirit in my girlfriend, that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. You are truly a role model for many more than you think. Your drive and fearlessness set you so far above and beyond the doubters of your story. I cannot begin to thank you for the time and energy you have put into the film, into teaching Alicia your dream, and for creating a new generation of empowered and information girls. For the record, this wasn't intended to initially be an ego boost, just so happened to end up as one. I'm also thankful for Pearl Jam to pick me up when the world is a shitstorm.” - Bria Szymanski, Fabulous lady and friend to Feminist Wednesday  

"I always thought of myself as a real badass. A smart woman with originality. But it wasn't until this year I realized my true rebel soul can't be all these fab gifts without being 100% authentic. My true self showed up this year and I'm very grateful for it. Asking for help and inviting people over the big wall I had built were my first steps." - Alley Jean, Red Unicorn Media 

"This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for having two Thanksgivings in two different countries. Just over a year ago, I would never have imagined my life transforming as much as it has. To be on the cusp of moving to Brooklyn from Ottawa, Canada, and to have found a best friend, business partner, and lifeline across the border. All it took was an e-mail. I e-mailed Erin 15 months ago to ask her to let me join her on this amazing journey that has been Dream, Girl. Taking that risk, and putting myself out there, and being fully seen by this person I had never met before has deeply changed me. I am grateful for the depth that this year has brought into relationships in my life across the board. I am grateful to the courageous, powerful women in my life for showing up every damn day (#squadgoals). I am grateful for Mitch, and his true, pure, joyful love. I am grateful for my parents, for their unrelenting belief in me, and their belief in the goodness of life, and I am grateful for the opportunities this year presented in better knowing myself… my dreams, wishes and aspirations. This year helped me really see myself, and as a result, see others more truthfully. I am grateful for the challenge, for the resilience, and for everyday that is bringing us closer to giving this film to the world. Happy Thanksgiving America." - Komal Minhas, Co-Founder of Dream, Girl