In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to take some time to not only reflect on what I think feminism means to me, but also take a minute to speak about the incredible, empowering, and supportive band of women Katilyn Bristowe created with a simple podcast.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Press for Progress – in the time of #metoo, Time’s Up, and public figures standing up to unequal pay, this is a huge deal. Whether the progress be for a more consistent justice system, a push for equal pay, more trustworthy leaders, gaining more women in leadership positions, or something we haven’t even thought of yet.
The idea of feminism has gotten so violently stretched, altered, mangled, and attacked there are now so many people that are WILDLY against even the thought of the movement. It originated to promote equality between genders. Its purpose, or at least in my eyes, is to:
- Fight that your daughters, wives, sisters, and mothers get paid just as much as their male counterparts.
- To ensure rape survivors are able to get justice without getting bombarded with judgement and shaming.
- Break the glass ceiling and allow women to gain access to the same powerful positions that men have.
- To create a world where women are appreciated for what they bring to the table, not for how many heads they turn.
It’s time to go back to THIS idea of feminism, not the man hating ‘trend’ it has so sadly become. It takes a village to succeed, and that village includes both men and women standing together to make it happen.
And now, for a woman who has become a role model for so many – Kaitlyn Bristowe. She has quickly become one of, if not the, most loved Bachelorette. She is by far the most relatable and empowering person that came from the show. She created a podcast, which led to a Facebook group, which then led to 10+ subgroups that are all constantly FLOODING with female empowerment and support. I can honestly say that these (almost) 14,000 women are some of my most fantastic friends.
When you scroll down this feed, you see nothing but positive pictures and posts; members asking for suggestions on outfits and HUNDREDS of comments telling them how amazing they look, brokenhearted girls looking for some uplifting words of encouragement, hilarious stories and confessions followed by hundreds more comments confessing even more hilarious things, threads of pen pals groups, and so many more incredible things. These international Facebook groups have set up more local groups – Chicago, Nashville, NYC – they’ve all had meet ups to grab dinner or drinks and have gained real friendships from it all.
I have never in my life seen a group filled with such support, love, and encouragement – especially from thousands of women who don’t even know each other. THIS is what women supporting women is, and THIS should be the norm. Thank you to all of you amazing women who never fail to make me smile and to never fail to support each other.
Thank you, Kaitlyn Bristowe for bringing us all together. Thank you for giving us all a safe haven to talk about everything from clothing, to sex, to break ups, to poop, to confessions, to relationships, to friendships, to decor, to illnesses, to family. Thank you for showing us what it means to be REAL. Thank you for showing us we don’t always need filters on our photos, and it’s okay to post some Realstagrams every now and then. Thank you for being absolutely hilarious and giving us all a good laugh TWICE a week now!
This Women’s Day, let’s remember why we’re all here. Let’s remember that everyone is fighting their own battle and that everyone needs some help sometimes. Let’s remember that equality is what we should all be fighting for, but we don’t need to shoot other people down to get there. Most importantly, let’s remember how important it is to stick together and support each other. ♥