To the person who uses metal straws to save fish but consumes animals, I’d like to say thank you. To the vegan who isn’t aware of our homelessness problem, thank you. To the climate change activists who aren’t attentive to fast fashion, thank you. To the girl who gives her old clothes to the disadvantaged but isn’t educated on sex trafficking, thank you. To the guy who picks up rubbish on his way home from a surf but isn’t well-informed about male suicide rates, thank you. To the people who stand up for horse racing concerns but are uninformed of the cruelty of the dairy industry, thank you. To the positive Instagram influencer who hasn’t cultivated a plastic-free lifestyle, thank you. To the grandparents who knit for sick children but aren’t up to date with current race and homophobic issues, thank you. To the students that stand up for bullying but are unaware of the constant domestic violence epidemic, thank you.
To the peace activists, feminists, animal adopters, teachers, volunteers, foster carers, recyclers, givers, doers and believers, I say thank you.
We are all on a different path and we all see through different eyes. Current world issues that you are passionate about, aren’t always what other people are trying to change… and that’s okay.
It’s not everyone’s job to save every part of the world but it is everyone’s responsibility to thank every person who is doing THEIR part to save the world. Don’t critic, just appreciate. Don’t judge, just educate. We’re all trying our best.
Being a Babe in the world is hard. Being a good citizen shouldn't be.
We know from personal experience what’s like to want to do more but aren't sure how or where to start... We get that if you're a babe who's short on time, money, or both, all the hoop-jumping required to "get involved" can make it a non-option. And we know exactly what it's like to not be able to do or give everything, so just you give up and just do nothing instead.
Babe Council was born in the summer following the 2017 Women’s March, by three besties looking for more ways to “get involved” and be better citizens and community members.
“We quickly realized that no one had ever taught us as adults what being a good citizen even means or how to do that, we took the advice of the Women’s March website and hosted a political letter writing event for a dozen of our friends. None of us had ever written letters to our elected reps, but we googled and made cocktails and gave ourselves permission to do it wrong.”
After the first event we were hooked and ready to do more
so we created a private Facebook group and sent out invites to about a dozen or so women who we felt really embodied the spirit of the group, and asked them to do the same. By the time we hosted our second meeting there were 200+ women in the group, and the following month we hosted our first official event. and the rest, as they say, is history.
The feedback from women has been overwhelming, we are so so grateful. We totally look forward to continuing to create opportunities for babes from sea to shining sea to claim their social, political, and economic power through activism and altruism.
what like it’s hard?
Do what you can, when you can.
And when you do, we will be there with gold stars and rosé.
Girl gangs are nothing new. Babe Council is just helping to revive a social movement started centuries ago by radical babes, banding together to make our world a better place. In fact, in the 18th and 19th centuries nearly two million women across America were the source of reform on issues like education, child labor, juvenile justice, legal reform, environmental protection, library creation, and literally so much more. And they did it all without Pinterest 😳 WTF
Here's a 10 sec herstory lesson on the woman's club movement:
The women's club movement was a social movement that took place throughout the U.S.
The first wave was started in the early 18th century (also called the Progressive era) by white, middle-class ladies, followed by the second phase started by African-American women in the early 19th century.
initially beginning as book and social gatherings, these clubs became a source of reform for tons of issues including: education, child labor, juvenile justice, legal reform, environmental protection, library creation and more.
Women's clubs established the idea that women had a moral duty and responsibility to transform, define and shape public policy.
These boss-ass babes started initiatives like kindergartens and juvenile court systems, and tackled issues like women's suffrage, lynching and family planning.
However, as women gained more rights, the implicit need for these clubs to exercise political and social influence became less important. Over time, participation in women's clubs has waned in the U.S...