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ELU: Fathers and Daughters


“These are the things I want for you — to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world.”

- Barack Obama

The societal structure in which we live is essentially a mass generalization of the father-daughter relationship.

Patriarchy: A system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line. 

It almost feels like the idolization of the father figure has yet to be challenged by feminism. I dare you to google "Father-daughter relationship" and just take a gander at the first five entries. 

That being said father-daughter relationships are unique. Dads are seen as kings - someone to be worshipped in popular culture. But I would wager that a lot of us were shaped more by how our fathers let us down than by how they championed us. Whether our relationships with our fathers are good, bad or non-existent, we all have an inextricable connection to our fathers which has shaped us into the women we are today. Let's convene and talk about our relationships with our fathers through a feminist lens. Some questions we'll discuss are:

  • How has your father helped shape you?
  • As you've grown and become more aware of patriarchy and its constraints on women, has your relationship changed with your father?
  • Are there fathers in your life now who are getting it right?

As always there will be wine, snacks, goody bags and a good time!*


The Emotional Labor Union is a monthly feminist discussion group that welcomes anyone who identifies as female. Tickets/membership is required for each event, become a member here or purchase your ticket here.

* This event will be recorded and potentially made into a podcast. All participants will have an opportunity to remain anonymous if they so choose.

Later Event: June 19
Closed terrarium class