“Girls Supporting Girls.” A phrase you might have heard a lot lately on most social media platforms. This social media movement is changing the way that girls interact with each other in this fourth-wave feminist era that we are currently in. The growing popularity of the “Girls Supporting Girls” mantra has turned into the #GirlsSupportingGirls hashtag trend, where women are not only showing how they shine, but how bright all of the women in their lives shine, too.
#GirlsSupportingGirls is an online movement that fosters a community of powerful girlbosses who support each other in all of their endeavors. In an effort to totally subvert the past (when creative and professional women may have otherwise been pitted against each other and female relationships been poisoned by jealousy and competition), #GirlsSupportingGirls eliminates all the petty nonsense and makes way for change towards acceptance and love. Women are now realizing that turning against one another is not an option.
YouTuber Adelaine Morin‘s line of (yellow) merch is a good example of how it’s done. The recently launched merchandise line includes shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, notebooks, planners, hats, and blankets with the motto “Girls Supporting Girls” printed on it, which many Youtubers and influencers have shown support of through various postings. Big bonus: Proceeds from the hoodies in particular go to different charities that support women’s empowerment! (For example in July, it was donated to help fight ovarian cancer.) We are lovin’ that so much, vinas!
Aside from cool merchandise that supports this cause, there are also tons of platforms and hashtags all over the internet where girls can love and support each other. #GirlsSupportingGirls has over 63,000 posts on Instagram and the other hashtag, #GirlsSupportGirls, has over 110,000 posts. Add to the numbers, girl!
Taking part in #GirlsSupportingGirls is another way of expressing self-love along with the love of fellow women, finding the worth in them as well as in yourself, and becoming powerful together as one. Instead of being catty and dragging each other down like society has long expected us to, #GirlsSupportingGirls is all about being kind, being proud of each other, and being the best version of ourself that we can be.
So how do we do it? It can be anything from vouching for a coworker who’s doing a great job at work, complimenting a random girl you just met, doing unexpected nice things for the women in your life, or not shaming girls for what they choose to post online even if some think it is ‘not ladylike.’ It can also be endorsing that connection of yours for her social media skills on LinkedIn, helping that random girl who’s drunk in the bar get home safe (or at least holding her hair back), and telling your vinas how much you appreciate them. It’s basically just endlessly supporting your soul sisters—on and offline. Get out there and support the vinas in your life!
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