Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Feminist Majority Foundation


The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) was formed in 1987 and is an organization that dedicates itself to women’s equality, reproductive health and non-violence. It is run by co-founder Eleanor Smeal. Its website states that it utilises both research and action to “empower women economically, politically and socially.” The group was formed after a Newsweek/Gallup poll revealed that the majority of women (56%) identified themselves as feminist. Both it and its sister organization, the Feminist Majority, lobby government and pursue equality between both men and women through legislative avenues, as well as organising rallies and conferences.

                Viewing this organization from a feminist viewpoint, I would be encouraged that a group such as this had the power to lobby government and the infrastructure to recruit and train young feminists to lead and advance the cause of the feminist movement. It looks to be both a professional and reliable organization that is able to advance the organization both politically and socially and that can carry the message of the feminist movement forward. It organises events that encourage both men and women to join the cause of things such as abortion, birth control, violence against women and sweatshops. Overall this seems like a good organisation that can be influential and make real change within America, politically, economically and socially. However, it only has two offices, one in Los Angeles and the other in Washington DC, this means there are not many opportunities for women to get involved on a grassroots level. Despite this FMF can reach a large audience through its publication Ms. Magazine, which it purchased in 2001.

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