As I was beginning The Girl Narrative, I knew that I wanted it to be a ‘by-women-for-women’ company. I wanted all of the contributors, photographers, graphic designers, programmers, and writers to be women.
In complete honesty, I did not want any boys or men to be apart of the project. I felt as though it would go against my message of female- empowerment if I had help from some of my male friends.
I realized that may have been the most unhealthy presumption I have ever had.
Do not get me wrong – I find great beauty and empowerment by all-female-businesses, but I realized that, if we are going to make any social change, we have to do it together. I (now) believe that the way to end so many of the gender issues within our society is by working together with men to put an end to social inequality between genders. We cannot end sexism and the inequality between genders, as women, on our own – we have to do it together. We are better together.
Additionally, after having an incredibly hectic week, I realized that I do not need to do this project on my own (this video from RockPaperRobot helped exemplify this for me: check it out!)
I can reach out to my artistic friends who can help me make a logo, I can reach out to my technologically savvy friends to help me build the basis of the website, and I can go to different people researching female inequality because I cannot have the mentality that I both need to and have to do everything, because that is physically impossible.
I do not need to do everything and take care of everyone, and even if I wanted to I can’t. Accepting this and opening myself up to other’s help has been a challenge…but I am so excited to see how The Girl Narrative will benefit from other’s contributions
Inspired by Acceptance,
Founder of The Girl Narrative
Miller, Jane. “’You Don’t Have To Do It All By Yourself’.” Jane Miller Design Studio, Lovely Templates, http://www.janaleemiller.com/2013/05/you-dont-have-to-do-it-all-by-yourself.html.