The Future is Feminist (FiF) is a DC-based organizing collective dedicated to smashing the patriarchy, seizing bodily autonomy for all, fighting for economic justice, and centering the voices of trans and gender non-conforming folks and people of color.
Abigail Adams wrote those famous words in 1776, but her charge, sadly, remains relevant today. When you walk around any major city in the United States, what do you see? If you look past the tall buildings, chain restaurants, busy streets, and masses of pedestrians, you’re probably going to stumble upon at least one statue or memorial dedicated to a man, who is--in all likelihood--on horseback.
A few weeks ago, I faced a dilemma familiar to many new moms. I was about to go into in a long meeting at work, and I knew I was going to need to pump before it was over. So, I decided to pop in my Freemie cups, bring my pump and push through. It was a typical day for a new mom who works full time, but in my case, being a D.C. Councilmember whose meeting was a public hearing on homeless services, I made the news.
Last year, I broke up with hormonal birth control. Specifically, I stopped taking the Pill -- after nine continuous years of carrying around those little purple packets. I decided to stop taking the Pill to give my body a break, and to get to know my natural cycle without the influence of artificial hormones. I reaped those benefits soon after quitting hormonal birth control, but little did I know that the process would further strengthen and radicalize my already robust feminism.