To me, the most important part about feminism is supporting other women. If as feminists we’re going to believe in equal pay, reproductive choice and increasing women’s role in politics, we have to support each other.
The 90s girl power movement is what inspired many young feminists today to identify themselves with the “F” word. The Spice Girls, TLC and Bikini Kill emphasized the importance of female friendship in their catchy pop and punk tunes. Despite growing up with this movement as the forefront, many young women today kick each other to the curb for personal gain.
One organization that really inspires me is Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party. Smart Girls at the Party started as an online show for young girls but quickly evolved into a campaign to challenge gender stereotypes and encourage young girls and women to support each other with friendship and love. Their motto is “Change the World by Being Yourself.”
It’s no surprise that Poehler started this organization, for the friendship between Leslie and Ann she created on “Parks and Recreation” is such a refreshing take on female relationships on television. Reality shows and sitcoms alike often use girl-on-girl crime as humor, but Leslie and Ann’s relationship shows that genuine female friendships can be just as delightful to watch, if not more.
I’d be nowhere without my best friend Sierra. Female support is essential to feminism’s survival and I hope that more shows like Parks and Rec continue to change how we see female friendship in the media. Enough with the mean girls.