“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.”
She will need her sisterhood! I…will…need…my…sisterhood! I remember reading this quote by Gloria Steinem and letting each word wash over me out loud in a different way. A different cadence each time. Until it made me shiver in realization of how I was missing my sisters, my sisterhood.
So I did what I was sparked to do. I created a name; The Girlfriend Manifesto. I created a private event; a celebration of sisterhood in my craft studio and business at the time. I invited women I knew and loved, as well as few women who I really wanted to get to know better. We ate. We drank wine. We wrote an adventure list of things that scared and excited us, and most of all we shared deeply. We all left feeling lighter and more seen. More ourselves I would later come to realize.
At the time I heard the call to the sisterhood I could see no more then the first few steps of gathering women. So what began as a monthly meeting with friends in my small hometown of Chattanooga Tennessee, turned into an online movement with my long time sister and friend Shanda, the other half of The Girlfriend Manifesto. Together we envisioned a place where women could embrace adventure, create a manifesto for a juicy life, practice self love, and connect spiritually with other heart centered women.
We say fuck perfection, get ready for some amazing adventures, and don’t forget to be brave!
What started as just a blog has flowered into where we now find ourselves; with a vibrant online community of sisters who have attended our first ever retreat called Women On The Rise, our virtual and in person meet-ups where we have conversations about everything that affects women’s lives, our blog where we share our stories as well as stories of other women and men who inspire us to be more at home in our bodies, our experiences, and our lives.
As a women who highly identifies with being passionate, intentional, and soul driven I have imaged the next steps for The Girlfriend Manifesto are writing a “DIY” style book on adventure and sisterhood with challenges, worksheets, and lifestyle projects. We also have imagined a house party tour in an Airstream connecting with women in some of our favorite places in the United States while facilitating a conversation and activities about being a women on the rise.
“Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known”
…and we are joyfully a part of creating that chain. (Quote by Nellie L. McClung)