How feminism has shaped my views on what it means to live a balanced life

Until I was in college, I honestly never thought much about feminism. I obviously knew the basic history of the women’s movement that I had learned in my history and English classes, but it wasn’t until I picked up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg in 2013 that I really started to understand why feminism was still necessary and how far we still have to go. I know Lean In is divisive and while there are certainly issues with it, it opened my eyes to feminism in a new way. When I read it, I was newly in a serious relationship that I could see turning into marriage (spoiler alert – I’m getting married to him in a few months!) and at 21 I was starting to think about my future as a wife and mother. But that book came to me at the right time, because the real reason I became a self-proclaimed feminist (and have never looked back) was mainly because I was disheartened by how I saw femininity and masculinity playing out in fraternities and sororities when I was a college student…

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