There are so many reasons why women put other women down. These reasons sometimes come from jealousy, a feeling that it is imperative to let go to move forward.
Despite our desire to be patron daughters, we can find ourselves in a vulnerable state.
Maybe that guy you liked ended up with a woman who isn’t you. Regardless of the situation, don’t let yourself make that comment or fuel that rumor.
Instead, just let go, breathe, and know that this moment of vulnerability makes you realize that women impact each other. Please take advantage of this moment of intimidation and use it to realize that there is nothing good about making other women feel vulnerable.
We chamber ourselves down using the basest words and offensive names. We call each other by names when we should be focused on empowering each other.
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We’re in this together, and we need to remember that we’re all under enough societal pressure and speculation that we shouldn’t waste our energy and wonder degrading each other.
We should help each other during this time, proving how incredible women are!
Treat others as you would like to be treated. How many times have you heard that before? But sometimes, in the most impulsive moments, we don’t have a second to internalize this mantra and act on it.
We shouldn’t just treat others this way, but we should actively work to impact other women’s lives positively.
Let’s work together to create moments that will resonate with someone, moments that will help each other and that will be ingrained in our minds.
That compliment you’re giving Katie about her new haircut? Every time she looks in the mirror and feels uncomfortable, it reminds her to feel beautiful.
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These small acts of kindness, these seemingly tiny moments when positivity is showcased, are the “small steps” we need to take to make a difference.
We shouldn’t be enemies; we are the reflection of each other. We’ve all been honored by Aunt Flo’s presence, we’ve all had our first heartache, we’ve all been exposed to that glass ceiling, and we’re all in a constant struggle every day to love each other.
We shouldn’t put ourselves down. We should use every interaction to be positive, share ideas, explore emotions, and understand how we all feel.
If we can do that, if we can get rid of the “who wore it best” and the “sexiest woman of the year,” “if we can believe in each other and our ideas, we can do great things.