We sure have been in the news a lot lately, haven't we? Marching for this or that, not marching for this or that, discussed by news reporters, coworkers, groups on the street, celebrities, our current President. It seems like everyone has an opinion on what we are doing or not doing, where we are or are not, who we are with or not with.
And it's not just strangers and men talking about us, it seems we have a lot to say about each other as well.
"Did you see her Facebook post yesterday? Can she just please shut up!"
"She's so annoying!"
It seems that in the midst of all these heated political Facebook battles and school drop off lines, we've forgotten that we are each others greatest ally. We've forgotten that our daughters are watching. They are listening. They are learning from us, just how we treat our fellow sister, mother, coworker, neighbor, friend.
Yes, women deserve to be respected by all, but lets sure as hell make sure we are being respected by each other. Let us not forget that many of us hold the same values, the same loving principles.
Many of us are mothers, sisters, friends. We are all daughters. We care deeply about our families and our little ones. We would do anything for them. We reach out to each other in mommy groups to ask for help with sleep training our toddler. We take comfort in a neighbor who picks our son up when he falls off his bike.
Yes, our opinions on policies differ. This can be hard; I get it. It is hard for me to read the things friends or friends of friends post on Facebook that I do not agree with, but we cannot respond in anger, in name calling or aggression.
We have to learn how to talk to each other, and we have to begin on common ground. It is the only way we can start. And God, do we really need to start. The only way we will survive the next four years is if we talk to each other; if we share our stories and experiences, all while empathetically keeping our ears open.
Because girl power begins with girls.