“There’s an opportunity for a new and younger leader,” Keenan said during a Wednesday interview in her downtown Washington office. “Roe v. Wade is 40 in January. It’s time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice.” —Nancy Keenan
Speaking of being “post-aspirational,” this is the problem with individualist feminism and the way it’s been informed by careerism.Young feminists don’t need A leader to get anything done for them— we need a better community. One that isn’t based on climbing career ladders and keeping all the “important” work up in the non-profit sector while the rest of us throw dollars at them every month to do the dirty work for us. It’s incredibly hierarchical, definitely not intersectional, and it’s not honoring the important grassroots work done all the time by people who don’t get paid to do it.
I’m glad Nancy Keenan’s stepping down to make room for the next generation, but her outlook on it is just another reason why I’m relieved she’s stepping down. Hopefully others follow suit.