Discover 10 uplifting stories where women empower women, creating a tapestry of shared triumphs and mutual support.
It's a well-known fact that there is considerable strength in solidarity. In today's world, women uplifting other women can be a very powerful force. By standing together, women can break barriers, overcome many challenges and emerge victorious. Having each other's backs can be applied to career growth or personal challenges. It also fosters an environment where every woman's success paves the way for others to grow as well. u/Hairy-Swordfish3914 asked women on the site, "What's the best example of girls supporting girls you've ever seen in your life?" Here are 10 of the most interesting answers they had to provide.
My tiny 15-year-old a** decided that crowd surfing at a Nickelback concert was a good idea. I was dropped and nearly stepped on. I remember a girl putting herself over top of me and pulling me up. I'm still grateful for that. u/seashell_eyes_. Back in the 90s, ended up seeing a Marilyn Manson show, got separated from my friends and ended up on the fringes of the mosh pit. The shoelace came undone, and I was debating the odds of getting crushed if I tried to tie it, and, boom, this tiny chick exploded and cleared like a 10-yard radius around her. For the record, I'm a guy. Tied my shoe fast. The thing is, this chick did it every time somebody, often women, got overwhelmed or mobbed. Nothing but elbows and energy. She was awesome. u/Squigglepig52
Ladies always seem willing to give a tampon/pad when needed. u/CpuJunky. It’s like an unspoken girl rule that no matter how much you like or dislike someone if they are having a period emergency you help them out!! I think we’ve all had our own nightmare scenarios and can’t bear to see someone else struggling. u/Tokidoki99. One time in a bar, a girl I didn't know approached me and asked for a tampon. I told her I didn't have any and in fact, was kind of in the same situation as her. She looked me straight in the eyes and promised me she'd find tampons for both of us. She actually came back about 10 minutes later and handed me a tampon. u/thefastleen
I’m often a solo female traveler, camper and road trip long hauler. Often. Growing up, I had mostly female bullies and antagonists. I’ve got some wonderful BFFs in other women, but I’m as wary of women as I am of men because of my bad experiences with bullies. But traveling alone has really changed that. It’s a wonderful little club. Women who were traveling in groups or with their partners/husbands/families would go out of their way to check in on me. Establish friendly conversation, share a meadow report, and get enough of a rapport that it was clearly implied that we could ask each other for help if we needed to. Female Park rangers who did solo travel would make sure I knew how to find the women on duty in the host camps if I needed them. When I was hiking on my road trip, it was so unexpected. Every woman who saw me was amicable and friendly. While every other solo woman traveler was immediately my ally. I’ve never really experienced camaraderie like that before. It was a drunk girl in bar bathroom energy, but the slow, steady, sturdy version of it. It was transformative. u/dharmoniedeux
I’m a nurse and I work in a unit that is almost exclusively female staff. One of our coworkers, it turns out was in an abusive relationship and needed to flee with her children, and was worried because she didn’t feel safe, she didn’t have any extra money, or a place to stay. The rest of the staff (and there are eight of us total including this particular nurse) got a fund together and moved her and her children out of her house, and into one of our coworker's family, summer cabins (a nearby lake). We made all of this happen in 48 hours. She lived there rent-free with her kids for a couple of months while she got herself together and then got her own place with her kids. When women are together to help other women, they are unstoppable. u/Joygernaut
This might be cheating a little because technically I participated. But once on a wine trip with some friends, we decided to go get tattooed together. (Super small, not matching. Just we all got tattoos at the same time). While we were there a little girl, probably about 6 or 7, came in to get her ears pierced while we were waiting. It was her choice and she was super excited, but clearly nervous. We hyped her up and told her she'd be fine. She went back, got them pierced, and we could hear her start to cry a little. As soon as she walked out we all lost our minds and immediately started praising her. "Oh my god, You look amazing." etc. Her smile is forever in my brain. She immediately lit up the whole building. So excited to have hit this milestone and be a big girl. u/Dancing_Trash_Panda
I think we all support each other every day in ways that aren’t noticeable to everyone, so it’s hard to pinpoint it. A personal example where I was the helper was when a woman walked into the bank I worked at to open a secret account her husband wouldn’t know about to save up and move money around to get away from him. I helped her set up the account and make sure she was completely paperless, including not getting any mailers from us at all, then slipped her the information to a women’s center. One that was done for me was when my fiancé just up and dumped me via text and I had to move. I sold a lot of stuff on the Facebook marketplace, and an older lady came to buy something. Asked me why I was selling and I broke down, so she gave me a huge hug and just sat with me for a while. u/Succesful-Snow-562
I met my best friend in elementary school. Our moms instantly bonded because they were both young, struggling moms who were learning how to navigate single parenthood. My mom had gone through a divorce a few years prior, and her mom was in the middle of one. They held each other up in so many ways. A shoulder to cry on, extra food, hand-me-down clothes, childcare, etc. One of my favorite examples is that they would share a Christmas tree every year. My family would always go out of town about a week before Christmas. We would get the Christmas tree and enjoy it for a few weeks, and when we left, my friend's mom would come to our house and take our tree and set it up at their house. They otherwise probably wouldn't have been able to afford a tree. My best friend and I are like sisters, and I think part of the reason our friendship is so close is because our moms set such an amazing example of friendship. u/Scared-Seaweed4758
When I was 16 I lived in the downtown area of my city. I would regularly walk down to the closest 7-11 to get snacks at odd night hours. There were several creepy instances I can recall, but this one fits the prompt. As I walked into the store, a guy was leaning out the window of his car trying to talk to me. I pass by him without engaging him. As I was waiting in line at the checkout, a woman came back into the store, after she had previously left, and asked me, clearly, "You drove here, right?" I was confused, and she pressed, "Do you have a car?" I said I didn't, and she continued to tell me that the guy parked out front had been watching me and had moved his car to park behind some bushes, and was waiting for me to leave. She offered me a ride and I (stupidly) refused. I took a different route home, though, while face-timing a friend. She was a stranger to me, but she looked out for me and protected me from something that could have been terrible. u/Dizzy_Tension_3545
I have Tourette's Syndrome. Me and my friend were having drinks together at a bar. We had just both ordered a shot to take together, but my tics started acting up and I lost control of my hands and couldn't hold the glass without potentially throwing it at someone. I tried a couple of times but had to put it down. So my friend was like, "Want me to just pour this shot in your mouth for you?" And I said yes and she fed me the shot of tequila. It was so funny and it actually made me feel less self-conscious about my Tourette's. We must have looked insane but I felt very cared for in that moment and was laughing my a** off. u/Honkhonk81
My best friend had a very rough divorce. Her husband was messing around with other women while they were in the last few months of their marriage. One of the women felt something was up and didn't believe all the things he told her about my friend, whom he was already referring to as his ex. My friend is a townie and she had heard of her and seen her a few times and just couldn't imagine some of the awful things he was saying. She didn't let him get any further, cut him off, and contacted my friend. They had lunch and she told my friend everything. Fast forward about a year and a half, they're now good friends and I hang out with her too. She's a great, solid person. He's long gone. Gotta love it. u/eyebrowshampoo