GLOBAL STARTS LOCAL STARTS PERSONAL
Ladies Aloud has evolved over its 3-year life from a more (admittedly) cookie-cutter feminist space -- re: millennial pink and lots of posts about girl talk and brunch -- to where it is today: political, involved, raw, and emotional. This evolution wasn't particularly forced, but instead mirrored the depth of interests, needs, and awareness of its founding community. Sure, women need each other, we bond by sharing secrets and chatting, it's how we build trust with one another. But what we have seen with the success of the Women's March and the "Me Too" movement is that the "girl chats" women are having are not centered around flippant life happenings, but mature, insightful, desperately necessary conversations that have gone unsaid for too long.
That is the catalyst for Conscious Feminism. It is founded in the conversations between women, in the whisper networks growing louder in strength and the act of giving voice to the topics that matter most to us in a more thoughtful, mindful, open manner than our understanding of the past.
"WHEN I LIBERATE MYSELF, I LIBERATE OTHERS."
- Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil and Women's Rights Activist
The activists of the 1960's Civil Rights movement adopted the phrase "tell it like it is" as an expression used to confront the racial inequalities and injustices of American society. In its light and inspiration, Conscious Feminism exists -- an expression used in defining a raw approach to feminist beliefs by bringing deep truths, shared experiences, and needed change to the minds and conversations to humans everywhere. Tapping into and expanding the mass consciousness and understanding of what being a woman in society looks and feels like today starts with opening one's own mind and broadening one's own definition of what it truly means to be "a woman."
GRACE + SPACE WILL USHER CHANGE
Our hearts are rooted in the deep belief that all people are sacred and brought here by a woman, and in so, inherently deserve equality, acceptance and more often than not the benefit of the doubt. To grant each other and ourselves that kind of grace and space, some serious self-work needs to be done. Conscious Feminism starts with you. And if you need some help, it can start with us.