I have considered myself a feminist since I read Mary Wallstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women,
many years ago. I have to admit, I was drawn to it because she's Frankenstein's grandma (Mary Shelley's mother), but I thought it made a lot of sense, even though it's a bit dated.
She argued that women should be educated and able to earn a decent living, to support themselves and their children if they didn't have a man in their lives, and while I would hope we would take those assumptions as given, today, I thought her down-to-earth pragmatism was timeless.
Since then, I haven't always agreed with everything every modern feminist has said, and I'm sure not impressed with male-bashing (some of my best friends are guys!), but one of the things I like about nursing is the company of strong, capable, down-to-earth women. Most of the women I work with fit that description, and while that might be true of waitresses, over all, it seems like one of nursing's hallmarks. I tend to count Florence Nightengale among early feminist leaders, though some of her ideas of propriety may seem a little prudish, today.
So, anyway, I guess what I'm asking is: Can men save feminism? Er--no, wait! I'm certainly not asking that!
But I am curious what others think. If there was a nursing and feminism forum, I would at least lurk on it.
Who am I kidding? I'd jump in feet first. I have no sense at all.