In movies and tv shows, women are often portrayed as being pitted against each other. Does “You can’t sit with us” ring a bell? Phrases like “cat fight” reinforce the idea that women are irrational beings that can’t and don’t support each other. But I think that in the midst of our fight for equality, sisterhood is of utmost importance. But don’t take my word for it, here are some quotes from three of my favorite women on why sisterhood is important to them.
“I believe we need to surround ourselves with strong, leading women because representation matters. If we do not see other women powerfully leading in the world, we will be less likely to believe we can do this ourselves. Additionally, strong, leading women are frightening to much of society, and we will need encouragement from like-minded female thinkers to stay on track.” Ashley Easter, www.AshleyEaster.com
“Strong women are the ones who build one another up, and dare one another to exercise their potential. That’s why I am intentional about surrounding myself with strong, amazeballs women who are pushing the limits and changing the world with the love of God. Their success is a glorious testimony of the beautiful strength of a woman, and it pushes me to be courageous and full of passion.” Amber Picota, AmberPicota.com
“I choose to surround myself with strong women because I believe that women feed off of each other. If I hang out with insecure women all day long, I will start to feel insecure too. If I hang out with confident women all day long, I will start to feel confident too. As a blogger, I choose to follow Glennon Doyle Melton, Sarah Bessey, Jen Hatmaker & Rachel Held Evans the most, because they are strong in their opinions. Even if I don’t agree with everything they write, I love that they challenge me to think deeper. I love that they are not afraid to talk politics and controversial theological issues. I love that they don’t shy away from defending justice, even if it will cost them something. Most importantly, I love that they defend women’s rights and equality inside and outside of the church. If women don’t defend women’s rights and equality, I don’t want to follow them too closely anymore. I want to hang around women who are fighting for me and with me. To me, that is the very definition of sisterhood – sticking up for each other, even when it will cost you something.” Jory Micah, JoryMicah.com
Why is sisterhood important to you? Let me know in the comment section below!