Women's progress has been a collective effort.
Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.
The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.
The question of whether one has one's own political power or goes to work for someone else is not only a feminist question.
Liberation does not come from outside.
If you are not a feminist in love, you fail to recognise someone who does not love you. Feminism makes love easier. Otherwise, there is the danger of feeling romantically drawn to someone who does not see you as an equal.