Why helllloooooo everyone and welcome to the March 9th edition of 5 Friyays! Dr. Donnelly at the helm today, and I'm excited to tell you about some of the rad things that crossed my eyeballs this week. Spoiler alert: they're going to be all about women.
International Women's Day
I love this image and this day so much. We have so much work to do regarding an equitable society, but I love when we all stop and pause and say "you know what, let's celebrate how far we've come so we have energy to go even further." Let our progress be powered by the strength of those who have come before us, for we stand on the shoulders of invisible giants. Let our feminism be intersectional, and let our hope never be extinguished by reality.
Friends of Becca
On Monday and Tuesday nights, ABC aired the final episode of this season of The Bachelor. I'm not going to get into the details of the whole thing, but know the dude who was The Bachelor was a pretty crappy human towards the woman in the gold dress in the photo above and broke off their engagement in a really crappy way. The woman in the gold dress, whose name is Becca Kufrin, is the next Bachelorette, and those women she's sitting with are some of her fellow contestants who were competing for the Bachelor's heart.
They have also become, quite emphatically, her squad.
What is happening in this photo is that Becca had just done a hard thing and her friends stormed the stage to sit with her and offer their physical and emotional support. It wasn't planned, and the host was a bit flummoxed by the logistics and the girls just made it work. They snuggled and sat on laps and just showed up. I pumped my fist SO HARD because this is how women SHOW UP for each other. We create space where there is none, and we hold on hard, and we say "we can do hard things, and we can do them together."
Frances McDormand & Inclusivity Riders
On Sunday evening, Frances McDormand accepted the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I haven't seen the movie because I'm awful at remembering to see films when they're in the cinema, but Erin has and thought it was well done and that McDormand gave a revelatory performance.
Her speech is in the Friyays not only for that, but also for this point she brought up about Inclusivity Riders, which are essentially ways to leverage your privilege for power. In light of our Facebook Live Gender 101 course this week, I wanted to highlight that.
A Mighty Girl
The Mighty Girl Facebook page has been one of my favorite follows for years, and their website is even more vast. As someone who has not personally birthed girls, but is very invested in the raising of them, I love this one-stop-shop for awesome resources on fierce kindness. While they tell you these resources are for girls, I've yet to find a book on here that isn't really appropriate for any and all genders. They have break down by ages and reading levels, subjects, and more. Check it out!
Documentaries Worth Your Time
I'm a sucker for a good documentary. I just found out about Mankiller, which is about a Native American woman I'm unfamiliar with and so excited to learn about - it's on the docket for this weekend's viewing. I also want to highlight this list from PBS of documentaries about female activists. Have you watched any? He Named Me Malala and Equal Means Equal both occupied my brain for weeks after I watch them, so if you don't know where to start, start there.
Bonus: My Squad
This isn't a full Friyay because I can't pass on a link, but I want to take a hot minute and acknowledge that I am surrounded by some of the world's best women and am constantly humbled that they choose me and love me. Not only the women of my family, but to the framily I've chosen. So, to Erin, Brit, Ciara, Orfhlaith, Joell, Kat, Kristy, Heather, Morgan, Therese, Katie, Lisa, Sharyl, Suz, Sylvia, Kate ... I adore you. Thank you for honoring me with your lives and lending me your strength so often when I have none.
That's it from here on our Friyays. We'd love to hear yours! Drop them in the comments, and them make sure to find us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter EVERY DAY THIS MONTH for new content celebrating women. Dr. Hinson will be back with y'all next week.