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My feminist icon isn't Beyonce, it's a bruised-up backpacker
My feminist icon isn't Beyonce, it's a bruised-up backpacker

It wasn’t long ago that feminists were ostracized activists viewed as nothing more than man haters. But thanks to years of work and the recognition from a few key figures, pop culture has finally embraced the notion of gender equality. There are many faces of the current gender equality movement. But to me, the absolute embodiment of the empowered female isn’t Hillary Clinton, Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, or even Beyonce. It’s a bruised up backpacker named Cheryl Strayed. After the death of her mother and a messy divorce, Strayed hiked a significant portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, an incredibly challenging wilderness route that stretches from the southernmost tip...

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