First, I have no idea how I’m subscribed to Cosmopolitan, but alas, every month an issue arrives. I always flip through it real quickly to check out the fashion trends, because I’m a sucker for style inspiration, and then I donate it to my dentist or send it to Afghanistan for entertainment. Plus, smelling perfumes is always fun, even when you already know what they smell like. I don’t know, it’s like when you’re a kid, and you see a button, and you just want to push it, just because it’s there.
Anyways, so as I flipped through this month’s Cosmopolitan, I actually stumbled upon a really interesting read. It was basically about powerful women who are BFFs, and that as a society we’re so used to pitting women against each other, but we really need to stick together to show the world the power of strength in women. Thank you Cosmopolitan!
This was probably one of the most important lessons, if not the most important, I actually learned in a classroom in undergrad. I learned that in one of my Global Studies classes. There were a few occasions on which my mind was opened to the power of this notion. It really sank in though, after reading Fatima Mernissi’s “Dreams of Trespass.” It’s an incredible book; I always recommend it as a read, especially to all my girlfriends. (http://www.lovejustine.com/9/post/2012/09/dreams-of-trespass.html)
It wasn’t until the last two and a half years though, that I’ve really learned the true significance of having incredible girlfriends in my life, and I am ever grateful. It’s true—when we stick together we empower one another. We inspire each other. And the more we inspire good in each other, the more we inspire good in the world.
You always read and hear about women being pitted against one another, but not the same for men. No, we have female rivals, and then we have bromances. Why is that? As cute as bromances are, instead of choosing Britney or Christina, Jen Aniston or Angelina Jolie, we should just celebrate all the incredible women who empower and inspire us to be incredible human beings. We should celebrate the women who inspire us to take chances, and to take the lead on what we’re passionate about, and just forget the unnecessary, mindless rivalries we create for our own entertainment.
The more we support one another, the more room we make for greatness. To educate and to empower women, is to make for a better world to live in—after all, women do 75% of the work. If we stick together, we’ll all, men and women alike, be much happier and more efficient. And what’s prettier in the world, than a happy girl.
BIG LOVE & HUGS