Written by Kanisha ParksI don’t know about you, but I’ve witnessed my fair share of women bashing other women, especially on the Internet. It seems we love hating on one another, ridiculing and criticizing each other’s bodies, lifestyle decisions, and looks, period. In a society that is constantly judging our appearance, it’s sad when women actively participate in the denigration of other women.
Which is why the LeanInTogether: Together Women Can campaign (established by LeanIn.org and AOL’s MAKERS) is so important and powerful. Geared towards the furthering of women by honoring and helping one another, Lean In is causing women to band together in triumph, instead of fighting against one another in the name of competition.
“We are more powerful when we empower each other. We are allies, not rivals.”
In the campaign’s commercial, multiple celebrities, including Kerry Washington, Serena Williams, Selena Gomez, and Eva Longoria, honor the women who have supported them, both personally and professionally. Of Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington remarks, “She has so much power but she wields it so compassionately and responsibly.”
The commercial ends with this very fitting mantra:
“Together we can get to equality. Together we can raise our voices. Together we can stand up to anything and anyone. Together we can make the workplace a better place. Together we are funnier, smarter, more ambitious, braver, bolder, invincible, unstoppable. When women lean in together, we accomplish amazing things. Let’s lean in together. We are all on the same team.”
So let’s stop bashing and fighting one another. There is more than enough negativity coming from other avenues: we shouldn’t be throwing it at one another. Let’s value our differences, our uniqueness, and give one another credit for our successes.
Let’s all win—together.