Two weeks ago, on April 7, we celebrated National Girl, Me Too Day. April 7 quickly became a day of female empowerment and recognition. Women of all different walks of life spoke out to support other women and share their own stories. Support outpoured when women stepped up to share stories of hardship, neglect, and struggle. Empowerment came when each woman was surrounded by others who understood her reality, who may have even lived it themselves. Social media was abuzz with women encouraging one another, women showering each other with praise, and women loving themselves while loving other women.
The most important message of Girl, Me Too Day is to love others while learning to love yourself. It is painfully easy to unconsciously slip into self doubt and a comparison-based mindset. Scrolling through social media feeds leaves the feeling of unworthiness. Not unworthiness in our own potential, but unworthiness when comparing ourselves to the highlights of other people’s lives. Consistently viewing highlights is a direct path to despising personal vulnerability and flaws.
Symonia Montgomery, Girl, Me Too’s founder, started this non-profit organization to encourage women to create healthy relationships with one another. This started from a passion to turn the shared trauma and struggle of womanhood into a platform to create forever bonds. The mission of the organization encompasses the dream of women supporting women. Using her platform, Montgomery has been able to reach out to women in need of reassurance and give them the advice they need to grow through what they’re going through. While forming bonds is a top goal of Girl, Me Too, helping women tap into their own potential is Montgomery’s biggest motivator. Building an organization that allowed women to express themselves by whatever means necessary progressed into Girl, Me Too gaining its own national day of recognition.
It is impossible to attempt to love someone if there is no room to love one’s self. Loving yourself allows years’ worth of built up potential to finally come to fruition. National Girl, Me Too Day is one in which we, as women, are encouraged to break the boundaries we have limited ourselves to and spread love to everyone, including our own mind, body, and spirits. It is a day of nourishment and enrichment, one filled with emotional hardship, yet still with support and understanding. Understanding the universal reality that women live. It is a day that allows us to stand together and share. To stand together in solidarity towards the hope of building a society where women are celebrated everyday. A society in which our daughters, sisters, nieces, and all friends are exposed to the language of love over hate.
Girl, Me Too celebrates and mourns years of building and destruction for women. It celebrates the growth of the modern woman, but doesn’t allow us to forget her hard fought battles. It doesn’t allow us to forget that she has persevered, she has lost, and she has overcome. It allows us to collectively feel our misfortunes, our struggles, and our realities. It allows us to rejoice in our accomplishments, in our successes. Most importantly, it encourages us to stand together rather than breaking each other apart . . . It is hard, it takes work, but it is oh so worth it. I would know, because girl, me too.
Montgomery, Symonia. 2016. Girl, Me Too.
Lena Cassidy is ink.'s current intern. She is a dual major in English education and Writing Arts with multiple concentrations at Rowan University. When not busy teaching, writing, or editing, Lena enjoys reading romantic comedies and abstract painting. She aspires to be a novelist and eventually a college professor.