If you’re a bit of a film buff, you may be aware of a thing called the Bechtel Test. It’s a method to work out how girls are being represented onscreen. One of the criteria for this test is counting how many times women speak together about something other than a man. It’s pretty shocking how many films fail this test.
Our society really has a problem with girls being friends. In our culture, we often stereotype women as hating each other, being competitive and jealous, gossiping and bullying one another. But it’s not like that at all. When women come together, it’s an incredibly powerful thing.
When Mary was pregnant with Jesus, she went to her cousin Elizabeth and the two women supported each other through a really tough time. Always make sure that you have an Elizabeth in your life. In fact, have multiple Elizabeths! Get a team of Elizabeths! #squadgoals
Female friendship is essential.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Really value those girls who love you, protect you, challenge you, who are funny, wise, kind and generous. Let them know how much they mean to you. When girls unite, great things happen.
Side note: If you want to get fired up about the power of women, go have a gander at Malala Yousefzai’s book, “I Am Malala”.
Or watch this horrifically 80’s video…
Aretha and Annie 4eva.