Amal Clooney has no love in her heart for President-elect Donald Trump and has recently offered some advice on surviving a Trump presidency. Clooney urged 7,000 attendees at the recent Texas Conference on Women to perform “everyday acts of feminism” and to support one another, in the workplace and beyond.
Clooney, a barrister specializing in international law and human rights, represents well-known clients including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the former prime minister of Ukraine. You probably recognize her as the wife of Hollywood star George Clooney. And frankly, she's got a pretty good reputation for being smart but also kind.
But what could she mean by “acts of feminism”? Should women rush out to abort their children? Should they hate men?
Actually, Clooney appears not to be the type of radical feminist whose misandry drives her to push her handsome husband out the door. Instead, she urges women to work together. “The worst thing we can do as women,” she says, not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do—women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another.
She quotes defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said that “Women's rights are human rights. Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world.” For the highly successful Amal Clooney, “everyday acts of feminism” seem to be bullets of cooperation in a dog-eat-dog world.
But there remains a prevailing attitude among many gender feminists that sees children as an inconvenience, as obstacles to career success, as interlopers taking over the mother's body against her will. These feminists strike out to defend themselves against their offspring, rejecting motherhood with its joys and struggles, instead expressing their creativity through their work.
But they would be hard pressed to defend themselves in a war of ideas with internationally best-selling author Costanza Miriano. Miriano is a wife and mother of four who works as a journalist for Rai (Italian public television). Her personal blog has generated more than three million readers in only two years, and she has written four books. A Catholic, she has worked with the Pontifical Council for the Laity.