Throughout the month of March, NBCBLK, NBCLatino, and NBC Asian America have partnered with the Ms. Foundation for Women for #31Days of Feminism to spotlight women of color who, through their actions and words, lead the way toward a more equal world.
Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director of Puget Sound Sage, Seattle, WA
Through her organization, Saldaña helps build affordable housing, a clean and healthy environment, and strong communities for families in Seattle, Washington.
What do you love the most about the work you do?
A few of the favorite things about my job: Fundraising to support the amazing staff of majority women of color to lead our policy, organizing work to build communities where all families thrive and training our coalitions of low-wage workers and communities of color.
What is feminism to you?
The radical belief that women are human beings.
Can you pinpoint the moment when you decided to become a feminist? If you don’t consider yourself a feminist, why not?
I was 8-9 years old at the playground with all my long hair pulled up into my baseball cap. Someone asked me if I was trying to look like a boy. I don’t know what I said, but I know that I felt like saying, 'No, I am just trying to be me. Don’t limit me by your narrow thinking of how a girl should be.'
What is the best way we can all be “feminists”?
Stop limiting ourselves and accept the invitation to be a more full expression of ourselves.
Who are your “sheroes”?
Dolores Huerta, Jacque Larrainzar, Lisette Nieves, Rosalinda Guillen, Ubax Gardheere
Favorite feminist anthem?
Dar Williams “When I was a boy”; Grace Love and the Trueloves “Say what you gotta say”
Favorite feminist artist? (authors, singers, dancers, actors)
Gloria Anzaldua, bell hooks, Ana Castillo, Pat Mora, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sharon Jones, Lauren Hill, Lila Downs, Mercedes Sosa, Violeta Parra, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez