Being the 90’s child that I was, “girl power” was always largely associated with… well, The Spice Girls. However, while we were all wearing our platform shoes, tube tops, and singing about “girl power” society must have been subconsciously instilling us with the notion that to be successful you must be competitive, and moreover that said competitive nature is best served when targeted at other women. Now don’t get me wrong, there is an undeniable link between success and a killer competitive instinct. Perhaps a correlation that I’ve personally grown too comfortable relying on over the years though participating in athletics, and don’t even get me started on law school!
When Sam and I started to dip our toes into this (largely female dominated) world of fashion, style, and blogging almost a year ago I’d be lying if I said we weren’t intimidated. I’d also be lying if I said we had any idea what the hell we were doing! This whole process has been trial and error for us, and could have easily been a disaster, if it wasn’t for all the amazing women we’ve met and been helped by along the way. Over the past year, we’ve encountered the most amazing community of Chicago women through The CHICago Life Blog. What we thought was going to be a foray into the icy, kill or be killed, world of fashion portrayed in movies and on TV, has turned out to be an opportunity to be part of an incredibly supportive network of women (plus a few great guys) working together to help each other succeed. It’s not all rainbows and roses, but it’s been a truly positive experience that has brought us in contact with some of the most driven, successful, but most importantly, kind women we could imagine!
In this spirit, I read a blog post on another local site, Cheeky Chicago, a few months ago that has stayed fresh in my mind ever since, so today I’m excited to share an excerpt with you. It describes a type of girl power that I believe exists in Chicago’s fashion/beauty/style community, but must be continuously encouraged and maintained so that it continues to thrive and grow, here and elsewhere. Today, this is the type of girl power I’m interested in… and good news ladies, no tube tops necessary!
Isn’t that the truth?! What are your thoughts on the competitive nature between women, and how we can better help each other to succeed? As always, we love to hear from you.