One part of my identity that I am seeing in a different light after the first few weeks at my internship is how I view myself as a white woman and a feminist. I had an eye-opening moment when I went to a panel hosted by a Member of Parliament that featured several women from all types of backgrounds. One of these women was a member of the indigenous community and as part of the panel she discussed her experiences in residential schools which were a network of boarding schools for Indigenous peoples funded by the Canadian government and carried out by Christian churches. While I was listening to her story I realized how inherently privileged I was that I wasn’t subjected to the hardships that she was subjected to simply because of her race. I think that this experience helped me understand how important it is to recognize the privileges that I have and why it’s important to advocate for all women when I call myself a feminist. This panel helped me realize the importance of intersectionality and going forward I hope to do a better job at recognizing my privilege and using it to be a more informed advocate.
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