In honour of #DayoftheGirl, we’ve put together a list of reasons why we need to support each other and we’ve explored what happens when girls support girls:
Women in history have fought tirelessly for women’s rights and equality. They’ve fought for women to not be seen as an ‘inferior’ sex. By competing and putting each other down, we are not supporting these efforts from powerful women in the past. It reinforces the idea that we should feel inferior. We should be continuing to fight for equality by lifting and building each other up. By doing this, we show people that we are strong and equal.
Girls often receive shame for their clothing choices. It’s no secret that woman are viewed in a different way to men if they choose to wear something considered ‘revealing’. If we, as fellow females, jump on board this criticism, we only encourage the idea that women should be expected to wear certain clothes. Why shouldn’t we wear what we want? Why can’t we show a bit of skin if men can? The more we support each other, the more we show that we have the right to wear what we want.
We often fall into a trap of picking at things we don’t like about ourselves. Whether it’s something about our body, hair or face, we are our own worst critic. This has a big knock on our confidence. Sometimes we just need a compliment. If you think someone looks nice, why not tell them? You will make their day. Our conversations with our friends shouldn’t revolve around what we don’t like about another female. Put the effort into spreading kindness. Complimenting your fellow females takes a lot less effort and it feels a lot nicer. When we spread kindness, love and positivity, we feel it ourselves. Saying negative things about people only surrounds you in negative thoughts.
Us girls are in it together and we can help/learn from each other. Periods are a HUGE part of this. If you see someone in the street has leaked don’t laugh at them, help them. Mocking this only reiterates the idea that periods are shameful. We shouldn’t make someone feel uncomfortable if they want advice or help with their period. Talking about periods helps us learn more about them. It can be beneficial to our health and self-esteem. Also, if someone doesn’t have a tampon or pad in their time of need, lend them one. Supporting each other like this goes a long way!
By working together, we can implement change because we all matter and deserve to be seen as equal. Support your friends, compliment them (or a stranger) and offer help if/when needed. What are your thoughts on girls supporting girls? How do you support your fellow females? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @totmorganic.