I was invited to be a featured speaker at UNH Women’s Studies’ annual Feminist Leadership Summit community dinner on March 2, 2018. I spoke about founding Feminist Oasis, my vision to explore, together with my community, what sustainable alternatives to white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy could look like, and figure out how to build them, together.
I shared about our Lemonade + Feminist Theory event, Galentine’s Day and a few other events we’d had so far, and my personal and professional background that had led me to my current mission.
Here’s an excerpt from my remarks:
“I deeply committed to working to build alternatives to broken systems, specifically, to build alternatives to white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy. I want to demonstrate by example that broken and unhealthy power structures are not necessary to be successful in your work, no matter what your work is.”
State Representative Debra Altschiller captured this photo and part of my message:
Founder of @feministoasis and Community Organizer Crystal Paradis @laughtercrystal inspiring us to “be open to change without compromising your values!” #UNHFeminist #TheFutureIsFemale #NHPolitics pic.twitter.com/lDI26kzb33
— Debra Altschiller (@DebrasATeam) March 2, 2018