By Victoria Barron
Isabelle Zirbel is a freshman at Santa Clara High School. She is an advocate for women’s rights and human rights in general. Zirbel took the time to speak out about her opinion on some things that she worries about as an activist.
1. What is your opinion on feminism?
“Feminism is good because it helps stop sexism.”
2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
“Yes, because I am an advocate for all human rights.”
3. Do you think women are treated unfairly?
“In some cases, yes, like with jobs and getting paid less.”
4. How would you feel about going to a women’s march?
“Awesome, because it allows me to exercise my right to peacefully protest.”
5. How do you feel about the fact that women earn $0.79 for every $1 men make?
“It’s unfair; girls deserve equal pay. Gender should not be a factor in how hard someone works.”
6. What changes should be made to make things fairer between the genders?
“Getting the same pay [and] being qualified for the same jobs because it shouldn’t matter if you’re male or female.”
7. Do you think feminists are actually doing anything to change the way things are viewed?
“Yes, completely, because if we didn’t protest we wouldn’t be able to vote. We fight for our rights. If you can’t get it, then you need to fight for it.”
8. How do you think Donald Trump is impacting feminism?
“When he makes speeches, he makes some sexist comments, and that makes others slowly start to be accepting of it and think that is a normal thing.”
9. What does feminism mean to you?
“Power, strength, courage, and risk-taking. Feminism is a fight; it is a fight for equality, and it is a fight for women.”
10. Have you ever done anything to help or support feminism?
“No, but I regret that and hope to change it. The most I’ve done is argue for women’s and everyone’s rights.”
11. Do you have anything else to add?
“I think feminists deserve more credit than they are given because they are hardworking, brave people and they do so much for us.”