Though the past year has been full of political and cultural uncertainty, for me, a major silver lining of it all is that it’s awoken so many women (myself included) to the fact that we’ve still got to fight for each other. For a lot of my life, I thought that “feminism” wasn’t all that necessary any more: I grew up feeling like I could do anything I set my mind to, and the fact that I was a girl never seemed like a disadvantage. But the lessons of the past year have taught so many of us how vital it is that we continue to pay attention, and I’ve been endlessly inspired to see women of all ages lifting each other up and becoming stronger together than one could ever be on her own.
After the women’s march, I think a lot of us were left wondering if these collective feelings would fade over time, or whether that day could actually be the beginning of a sustained movement to give all women a voice. In the months since, I’ve seen it play out in the trenches of the day-to-day: co-workers supporting each other in the workplace, mothers withholding judgement from other mothers, and the power of one simple act rooted in sisterhood. The movement is certainly alive and well. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can continue to support the women in my own sphere of influence, so I’m sharing some ideas here in the hope that it’ll be the beginning of a candid conversation where we can spur each other on. Keep scrolling, and I’d love to hear in the comments how you’re supporting the women in your life (and how they’re supporting you!).