Read the article 'Can you be a feminist and be pro-life?' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Define what feminism means to you. Then look up the definition of feminism in the dictionary. How does your definition differ?
2. Why do people associate abortion tightly with feminism?
3. Do you think a person can be pro-life personally but believe women have a right to access abortion services? Explain. Is it consistent to hold these opinions together?
4. Why does Kate Moriarty compare her experience of feeling like she didn't fit in secondary school to her being a pro-life feminist?
5. Kate suggests that narrow definitions of feminism are actually 'oppressive feminism'. What does she mean by this?
6. Is there room for different types of feminists? Explain.
1. Debate: Have a classroom debate on whether feminists can also be pro-life. Break the class into two groups, each having to defend a position either that feminist can be pro-life or pro-choice or that feminist must be pro-choice. Teachers can give students time prior to the debate to research the position they are defending.
2. What is a pro-life feminist? Do you know a pro-life feminist? Ask women you know if they consider themselves a feminist and if they are pro-life. Then interview them about their experience as a pro-life feminist.
Share what you've learned with your classroom.
For younger students
Teachers can lead a classroom discussion on the many strong Catholic or Australian women who have impacted society. During the classroom discussion, students can then name other strong women they look up to.
Teachers can then have students draw a picture of a Catholic or Australian woman they admire.