It was during the Anita Hill vs Clarence Thomas case where Rebecca Walker, at the age of 22, realized her purpose in life; to empower, inspire and liberate women. As women have continuously progressed in their efforts towards social and political justice, during the 1990's and early 2000's feminism was being directed to a new focus. As the first wave of the feminist movement (19th and early 20th century) concentrated on abolishing slavery and women having the right to vote, the second wave of the feminist movement (1960s-1980s) focused on sexuality, reproductive rights, equality for women across the globe and in the workplace. The third feminist wave begins with Walker, who coined the phrase in an article titled, "Becoming The Third Wave," which was published in Ms. Magazine, where Walker worked for a period as an editor.
Being the daughter of the infamous Alice Walker, who is also a feminist, novelist and women rights activists, Rebecca had plenty influentials that would guide her thoughts and ambitions. Although Alice and Rebecca are both feminist, they do not share the same beliefs and values. Rebecca is very open with her childhood and the indifference in morals that put a strain on her relationship with her mother. Rebecca speaks on her mother in an articles titled, "How My Mothers Fanatical Views Tore Us Apart," published in DailyMail.com. Rebecca claims, "You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale." To Rebecca motherhood is the her most precious gift, to Alice is was a burden, Alice is a liberated woman, a woman who does not limi herself. where as Rebecca embraces being able to create life and embraces her divinity.
I first came across Ms. Walker in my women studies class at Montgomery College when we were discussing discrimination in the workforce. I read her article on introducing the third wave of feminism and I began researching millennial feminist ideologies. Through out my research I learned more and more about Walkers efforts to equality. I fell in love with her writing, her ideas and the beauty she finds in motherhood and being a woman. I think which resonates with me most about Walker is her ability to find all things woman magical. Walker celebrates womanhood, while also embracing the need for others, so that we can equally coincide. Her bad ass attitude mixed with her determination and self love is the reason she's one of my favorites!