By Hoshahnia Kumaran, LiveGirl High School Intern
I belong to LiveGirl.
I am eighteen years old- a young, Malaysian woman with immigrant parents. My idea of community before joining such an empowering, inclusive, female community was only between my mother and father. Growing up in The United States, I longed for that sense of belonging, that feeling of being fully accepted for who I am- as a person, not by my skin tone or the facade that existed when I feel like I needed to conceal my identity for the idea of being “American.” The Feminist community stood out to me for the longest time, but I wanted to be truly immersed into a program that I could donate my extra time to. Somewhere that would enable me with the freedom to elevate my passions for activism, be a confident, female leader, and empower other young women to do the same. For me, that place is LiveGirl.
LiveGirl radiates such a glowing, positive force- one that highlights an inclusive, girl power community. Being apart of that, as my true self, feels ethereal. Truth be told, we all crave that sense of belonging. Sometimes, growing up in this area, dominated by the “image” rather than the “individual,” can take a toll on me; it can take a toll on anyone for that matter. LiveGirl promotes a complete opposite mindset. One that embraces acceptance and reaffirms a devoted, strong network of young women in our area. Everyone deserves an opportunity to be heard. Everyone deserves a chance at inclusion.
In this modern day and age, society is rapidly shifting to the politicization of the female community. Frankly, desiring to be a brave, powerful woman does not constitute radical Democratic or Republican perspectives. Never has that been the case. Politicizing the femme experience only increases the polar divide that exists on partisan levels. LiveGirl, as a nonpartisan organization, functions to combat this divide and unites communities with a common goal: to build confident leaders.
As an intern here, my insight on the female experience has proliferated. Leadership and power should never be conformed to certain genders. Activism does not always have to be associated with “liberal” behavior. A reaffirmed network of inclusive, accepting, powerful women does not constitute radical conduct either, for what it's worth. Empowering the progressing youth of today, inspiring them to amplify their voices and demand to be heard, are the prime qualities of LiveGirl. My sense of belonging has been fulfilled.
I belong to LiveGirl.