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Camille Styles

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7 Ways to Support the Women Around You

May 23rd, 2017

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!).

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16 Comments under :: 7 Ways to Support the Women Around You
  1. Kelly Hale says:

    Well said, great advice!

  2. caitlin says:

    I really love this post! It’s so important to support your girlfriends but it can be so easy to get wrapped up in yourself and your jealousies. I think “Replace envy with a celebration of others’ success” is the best advice. Even things that your friends don’t see as a success, to congratulate them and celebrate them is so important!

    Caitlin
    wandererandwolf.com

    • I couldn’t agree more, Caitlin. I have a few female friends in my life who are so good about encouraging me to stop in the midst of all the busyness of life and celebrate the good things, no matter how small. Nothing makes me feel more loved and valued!

  3. Marina says:

    Such great encouragement to be our best selves, and in the process, honor and celebrate the best in other women. Every point you make is important and worthy of some soul-searching to see where I can be more supportive of the women in my life. Thank you!

    • Thank you Marina, it really is true that there’s beauty in every single woman — and when we take time to see it, it can change our entire perspective towards the relationship. xo

  4. Melissa says:

    Kindess is always the key! It’s really important to encourage each other.

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

  5. Margaret says:

    Amen to all this…generosity of spirit!

  6. Danni says:

    Love this post! As women need to stop putting each other down, but lift each other if we want to make changes 🙂 Thank you for the great post!

    -Danni
    http://www.theactivehabitat.com/

  7. Brettne says:

    Gorgeous post: made me cry! You are truly amazing–and you already do everything on this list so naturally. But I do appreciate the reminder so much. I love you!

  8. Kathy says:

    Thank you for such a thoughtful topic.

  9. Hayley says:

    i have just started reading your page, and its really awesome! this post has made me feel so thankful for the true friends in my life too!! thanks 😉

  10. Marisa says:

    Adore this, have a small group of babes I hold dear in my life . This topic has shined new light on new ways I can be more supportive and present.
    Thank you

  11. Natalie says:

    Great post! Love this!

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