We girls, right now, more than ever, are the furthest from each other than we ever have been. And right now, we need each other more than we ever did before.
We are the examples for our younger classmates and sisters. We are the targets in society. We are always the exception, never the rule. The worst thing we are right now, though, is divided.
Too often our first instinct when approaching other women is finding her flaws. Attempting to search for what one might find unattractive or unappealing in someone else only feeds the insecurities of our own.
It's important to understand how toxic this is, and why it needs to end.
The world continues to tell us to be certain things and we agree to it. Then the world tells us we're too much. Be pretty, but not too pretty. Be successful, but not more than your male opponents. Be strong, but not overbearing. Be appealing, but not promiscuous. Be better than the women around you, but support them as well.
This is the most destructive food we are fed, and to have each of us put down one another is not helping either.
We're overdue for empowerment between each other.
It is time to learn how meaningful it is to be a woman. It's time to take advantage of opportunities to break through stereotypes, redefine societal norms, and stand together to truly give the world the love it desperately needs right now.
Who better to do that than us? Who better than the ones who the world has gone against time and time again?
Strive to be the role model you look up to right now. Set the example that will push the girls around you to reach their fullest potential. And whenever that obstacle looks you straight in the face, realize that you have the strength to overcome it and thrive further than you imagined, because you are no longer serving from an empty vessel anymore.
Say your goodbyes to the categories and boxes society attempts to place you in. Use the negativity as a stepping stone to better yourself. Understand that your job is not to conform to what the voices around you tell you to be, but rather tell them exactly who you are.
Lastly, and most importantly, empower one another. There are enough people and movements against us, the last thing we need is another disconnect. Instead of tearing each other down, uplift each other. Compliment one another. Place each other in thriving positions. Wish each other well. And win together.
"Conforming to society is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'"