Feminism has taught me so many things (see the post from 9/8/2016), one of which is that it is SO important to exercise your right to a free speech. Before we go any further, there's a line we need to draw. Freedom of speech means yes, you can technically express yourself however you want, but no, you should not be an a**hole.
When talking about feminism and freedom of speech, I want to talk about the fact that you, as a human (whether or not you identify as a feminist) have a voice, that is important to hear. As someone who has found their voice, it might be easier to say, but using your voice as a tool for empowerment, personal and otherwise, can seriously make you better understanding about the world around you.
I am definitely one to use my voice (sometimes even when it isn't asked *gasps*), but I have learned that there are definitely specific times and places to keep my mouth shut. Now, there are definitely times when I don't listen to my inner voice telling me to be quiet, and I think this is part of what helped me develop into a more confident person.
As I was growing and developing into the feminist I am today, I learned that my voice is more important than anyone has ever taught me. I've learned that my opinions and my stories of life are of value to people. I've also learned that my voice should be heard and I should not be shy to share it.