This year has been a seriously great year when it comes to women supporting women. Women have stood up for each other, made a change, and empowered others all across the globe. Don’t take my word for it though—here are just a few examples of women supporting women this year.
At the beginning of this year, dozens of women gymnasts (including Olympians like Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Jaime Dantzcher, Jordyn Wieber and more) revealed that they had been sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar. Many of the gymnasts even made statements in court about what happened to them. Throughout the entire trial, and even once the trial had ended, the young women were all extremely supportive of each other, calling each other “sister survivors.” Gymnasts and people from around the world used social media as a way of sending each other supportive messages. Their fight isn’t over yet—as they look to change the culture of elite gymnastics—but they have waves of women behind them, supporting them.
In 2017, the #MeToo movement began as a way for survivors of sexual assault to speak out (Tarana Burke, a social activist, began using the phrase “Me Too” in 2006, and the phrase was later popularized by American actress Alyssa Milano, on Twitter in 2017). This year, the movement became even stronger and ultimately became a way for women to support other women in all aspects of life.
WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE
This year, more women are running for political office than ever before. We LOVE that! Hundreds of women are running for the U.S. House of Representatives, dozens for the U.S. Senate and dozens more for governor. In total, 183 women are running for Congress right now. Mic drop.
WOMEN BEING ABLE TO DRIVE
For the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia have been granted permission to legally drive! Can you say finally? When this news spread, women all over the world showed their support and joy for the women of Saudi Arabia.
These are only a few of the examples of women supporting women in 2018, but I think it is fair to say that without a doubt, 2018 is the year of women supporting women!
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