WASHINGTON — It’s not just a new fashion trend.
It’s a feminist movement, too.
It was on display at a gathering of more than 1,200 women in Washington on Saturday.
“Women of color are the ones who have been the most impacted by this,” said Toni Meche, an organizer for the National Women’s Law Center.
“And they have the most to gain.
This is the time to start thinking about the legacy of the patriarchy, which is so important for us to get to a place where women have more power.”
This week, a panel at the National Press Club in Washington discussed the challenges women face today in their ability to advocate for their rights, including in the workplace.
It also explored the work of a small army of activists, some of whom are women, who are taking a stand against a long-term trend that has left them marginalized.
For many, the movement to be more feminist has been the result of years of frustration, and their personal experiences with gender bias and discrimination.
“I think for most people, this has been their life for a long time,” said Susanne Moore, an activist with the nonprofit Equality Now, which has a network of more of the same.
“They have seen their daughters being pushed to the back of the bus.
They’ve seen women being called names and treated with disrespect.
They see themselves as less than.”
The group also says it has experienced a growing number of instances of harassment.
One example is a tweet from actress Rose McGowan, who has been battling cancer for several years, about a male friend.
The tweet sparked an online firestorm and backlash.
She has since been banned from Twitter, but many women’s rights activists say she has not been punished.
Moore and other organizers have long warned that the movement could be on the verge of collapse.
“There’s so much that is wrong with this,” Moore said.
“The system is broken, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the hype.”
In the past decade, feminists have worked to address the persistent sexism and misogyny that is pervasive in the entertainment industry and beyond.
In the 1980s, there were hundreds of feminist organizations, some with thousands of members.
Today, there are only about 30, and they are often scattered around the country.
They have largely failed to change attitudes.
The feminist movement has seen a sharp drop in membership in recent years, according to a study by the National Center for Women and Politics at the University of California, Berkeley.
In a 2012 survey, only about 25 percent of respondents said they identify as feminists.
And in 2013, a Gallup poll showed that a majority of Americans say they still hold “negative views” of feminism.
Women have traditionally been at the center of the movement, but in recent decades, they have been increasingly marginalized.
They are often relegated to the margins.
And they are less likely to be in positions of leadership, leading organizations, or running for office.
In 2012, the National Organization for Women estimated that more than half of the nation’s 1,000 or so feminist organizations had fewer than 100 members.
But in the past few years, a handful of activists have taken the fight to the next level.
They launched a women’s nonprofit, called the Institute for Women’s Liberation, in 2014.
The organization aims to educate and empower women to be part of a movement that is “about empowerment, equality and justice for all women and girls.”
It aims to build a network that brings together and amplifies women’s voices and concerns, said Jillian Kay Melchior, a spokesperson for the institute.
In its first year, the institute has already begun to reach out to the larger feminist movement.
They’re also trying to connect with other organizations in a way that can build a larger network, Kay MelChior said.
But the feminist movement is not without its challenges.
The institute has been flooded with calls and emails from women who have had to fight for their own rights.
And the movement is becoming more and more polarized, with more than one side saying feminism is about equality and one side calling for the end of gender roles.
In March, feminist icon Gloria Steinem said that feminism has “a deep sense of injustice, and we’re not going to take it anymore.”
But that does not mean that feminists have to agree with Steinem, according Toem Zaidi, who is also the co-director of the National Institute of Women and Women’s Studies at the university.
“It is not a zero-sum game.
We have to be very conscious of who is in our movement and who is out there,” she said.
Some women’s groups say that feminism is increasingly becoming a hate group, with people claiming to be “pro-feminist,” and claiming to oppose what they consider “white supremacy.”
Others say that it is becoming a way to promote their own ideology.
That is especially