The Everyday Sexism Project was created a year or so ago by Laura Bates, with a simple, but meaningful goal in mind – to create a safe place for women to share their experiences with sexism.
Since its creation, its popularity has exploded. There have been thousands of posts from many different countries. Women around the world are speaking out against the sexism they experience, and it’s making waves.
Women are empowering each other, and (of course) someone, somewhere, has a problem with it. Bates has experienced a ridiculous amount of backlash and hate mail. I considered giving examples, but the messages are so disturbing they don’t deserve to be repeated.
The Everyday Sexism Project wasn’t established as a political statement, nor to bash on certain groups or beliefs. It simply provides a space for people to talk about their encounters with sexism, and find comfort and support in shared experiences.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the negative, and focus on the hate we see every day. And as I’ve found this year, it’s also easy to become absorbed in the humanity and compassion. The Everyday Sexism Project is inspiring, and it will continue to empower people around the world.
“Anyone who describes feminism as an in-fighting, back-biting movement has clearly never been as lucky as I was, at those lowest moments, to discover in it the strength and kindness, advice and support of so many other women and men.”
~ Laura Bates, founder, The Everyday Sexism Project