By the BFS Social Justice Team
This past Wednesday marks the start of Womxn’s History Month. As always, BFS wants to uplift and celebrate all who identify as womxn this month and every month. This observance is a result of waves of local efforts across the nation dedicating the week of International Women’s Day, March 8th, to Women’s History Week in the 1970s and 1980s. Thanks to the National Women’s History Alliance we have yearly themes that ensure we intentionally honor all womxn. This month their theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” Therefore at BFS, we highlight the stories and plights of all those affected by the patriarchy.
BUT WHY THE X?
At Brooklyn Friends, we use the spelling “womxn” for its inclusivity. This spelling allows space for women and femme individuals who are not cis women. Our goal in using this spelling is to show that BFS inclusivity is the norm. This also ties to our themes of intersectionality and empowerment. Intersectionality in the movement helps us understand that womxn’s experiences and identities are shaped by multiple intersecting factors. Brooklyn Friends wants to uplift all who are impacted by the patriarchy, whether cis, trans, or gender nonconforming.