Bestselling author Courtney Summers' mission is to let girls know that "whatever you’re going through and however you feel, you’re not alone." Leveraging the success of her latest novel, All The Rage, which tells the story of a teenage girl who dedicates her life to fighting injustice after being raped, her #ToTheGirls2016 campaign shares needed supportive messages on social media.
Twitter is already buzzing with people eager to share positive thoughts with young girls. And there are plenty of important lessons to be learned, for people of all ages. Check out what people are saying:
Who says you can't be a nerd and feminine at the same time? Or that you can't be ambitious without being a "ball buster?"
#Tothegirls It's okay to be "conventionally" feminine and love nerdy things.— Rabecca Rocha (@LatinaScribbles) January 21, 2016
#ToTheGirls2016 Don't let anyone make you feel bad for being ambitious. Don't feel guilty for wanting big things.— Kody-Wan Kenobi (@Kody_Keplinger) January 21, 2016
#ToTheGirls2016 Screw sayings like "women shouldn't" "women don't". Do what you want and ignore stupid gender roles and sexist remarks.— ✨ (@feminizza) January 21, 2016
Too often, women and girls are made to feel like they have to make nice and put others' feelings above their own. It's time to stand up for our own interests!
#ToTheGirls2016 Don't tolerate anyone who expects you to apologize for your opinion, your accomplishments, or the space you occupy.— Tiffany Schmidt (@TiffanySchmidt) January 21, 2016
Speak over boys who try to interrupt you. Call out boys who repeat what you just said, but get credit for originality. #ToTheGirls2016— Amanda Nelson (@ImAmandaNelson) January 21, 2016
It's hard for young girls to feel beautiful amidst all the stunning young celebs, like Kylie Jenner, who work so hard at being perfect. #ToTheGirls2016 reminds us that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Life is hard enough for young girls without worrying that your best friends are going to go all Mean Girls and dress you down. #ToTheGirls reminds girls to support one another.
#ToTheGirls Don't be afraid to ask for help. And if a fellow girl asks you for help, answer her. Support & small actions can mean the world.— Arianne (@Ariannebooklove) January 21, 2016
Get yourself a girl gang that will ride or die for you--make sure most of them are smarter than you are. #ToTheGirls2016— Amanda Nelson (@ImAmandaNelson) January 21, 2016
Girls haven't had time to pick up all our bad habits and inspire a sense of possibility in us. Open yourself up to advice from young girls, who still believe they can shape the world around them. And girls? Don't be afraid to open up to grown women, because they were probably once a lot more confused than you are today.
My 9yo girl calls me out if I ever say 'man' when it could be 'person.' She reminds me that words shape reality. Use yours well. #tothegirls— Sheila M. Averbuch (@sheilamaverbuch) January 21, 2016
My 19-year old daughter got a tattoo and my 3-year old daughter dresses herself. Their bodies belong to them. #tothegirls— Yanira Castro (@ycastro1978) January 5, 2016
Thanks to the cult of youth that permeates our entire society, older women often feel threatened by younger women, whether it's in the workplace or the dating scene. But as we age, let's remember that we have a responsibility to mentor young girls and pass on lessons about everything we learned the hard way.
#ToTheGirls2016 Everything in this hashtag are things we wish we knew earlier. We don't have it figured out. We are all winging it.— Colleen Stinchcombe (@CAStinchcombe) January 21, 2016
Society pressures girls to be perfect, which makes girls and women secretive. But it's time to break out of those negative patterns, because sharing your secrets can help both you and others heal.
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