I'm very passionate about women's rights. I think it is something that we do not talk about enough, and I will proudly call myself a feminist.
One of the main thing about women, however, that I don't think is given importance, is the part that we all play in each other's lives.
In this society, women have been taught to compete with each other. Media tells us that we are supposed to always try and be better than the women around us, that we are supposed to be DIFFERENT from them.
I mean, I'm sure you've heard (or said) the phrase, "I'm not like other girls."
I know I've said it too.
But, lately, I'm realizing something: there's absolutely nothing wrong with being like other girls.
Girls and women of all ages are amazing, and each unique in their own way. There is nothing great in wanting to isolate yourself from other women and not "being like them."
It is high time that we stop competing with each other, and instead, empower one another. We are all amazing, and there is no need for the jealously and dislike for one another that today's society tries to engrain in us.
This is one of the main reasons why I started Women's Republic, a platform for women. I want it to be a place where women can discuss the issues they face, where they can bond with each other and make a connection, while trying to solve the hardships that they go through.
Women are still fighting for many, many rights, but we won't be able to succeed until we start supporting each other and fight TOGETHER.
So, let's make it a goal from now on to be there for each other. Stop feeling like the women around you are your competition, and instead, see them as your friends, your support system, your equivalent.