If you have any advice for the young girls of the world, it's time to offer it.
Author Courtney Summers launched the hashtag #ToTheGirls on April 14, the same day that her YA novel All the Rage was released. Her hope is that women will share their best pieces of advice to young women seeking guidance and affirmation.
In a blog post about #ToTheGirls, Summers urged her followers: "Take the opportunity to tell the girls you know -- and the ones you don’t -- that they are seen, heard and loved. Share advice. Be encouraging. Tell us about or thank the girls in your life who have made a difference in yours."
Women on Twitter shared their best insight on confidence, romance, success, sex and more. Here are 19 of the best pieces of advice that grown women have given #ToTheGirls:
#ToTheGirls body hair happens EVERYWHERE ON EVERYONE! You're not weird or ugly because of it. Only you get to decide what to do with it.
— Jeanne (@fangirlJeanne) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirl post as many selfies as you want don't ever be ashamed of your beauty
— tea drinker☕️ (@RaeganDouthit) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls it's never too late. To do what you love. To change your mind. To change your life.
— Cora Carmack (@CoraCarmack) April 14, 2015
#tothegirls If something's wrong and someone tells you you're not the right person to talk about it, keep talking about it.
— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls: "I'm sorry" is for when you've hurt someone. It's not for when you're asking others for respect or the right to take up space.
— Rachel Stark (@syntactics) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls The mistakes you made do not shape who you are. They are NOT who you are. Forgive yourself, love yourself, and let them go.
— Ellen Oh (@elloecho) April 14, 2015
Being nice is overrated. Being kind is not. #tothegirls
— Lauren Oliver (@OliverBooks) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls of color: most of the things you read or watch will tell you we can only be secondary characters. Hogwash. We're heroines too.
— Alisha Rai (@AlishaRai) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls: You have a right to finish your sentence, to finish your schooling, to finish your meal. No apology necessary.
— Mishell Baker (@mishellbaker) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls Your gender does not define or limit you. Reach for greatness. Fight for it every day, in every way you can.
— Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls: You don't have to grow up to be a mom or a wife if you don't want to. It's ok to not have kids, not want to babysit, etc.
— Sara Zarr (@sarazarr) April 14, 2015
#tothegirls Never apologize for your accomplishments. You've earned them. Confidence does not equal conceit.
— Brandy Colbert (@brandycolbert) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls There are no rules about how to be a girl, so whatever way you want to do it? YES. THAT'S THE RIGHT WAY.
— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls Find and stay near the people who make you feel possible, larger, worthy, interesting, excited, comfortable, confident
— Shannon Hale (@haleshannon) April 14, 2015
#ToTheGirls You have the right to take back your consent at any time during a sexual situation. Even if he bought you dinner.
— Brandie (@Feministfists) April 14, 2015
#tothegirls you're not accountable for the sexualization of your body, wear what you want, you look hella cute !!
— #GirlsToTheFront (@foolishchicka) April 14, 2015
#tothegirls u aren't awful if u "friendzone" a "nice guy." the guy who feels entitled to yr body just bc he was /nice/ to u is the awful one
— carrie potter (@CarriePotter_) April 14, 2015
Boys and men will be uncomfortable when you talk about your experiences with sexism. Make them deal with it. #tothegirls
— Rebecca Schinsky (@RebeccaSchinsky) April 14, 2015
It's okay if you don't have everything together. Life is a process. Keep learning, keep loving. Keep on. #tothegirls
— sarahdessen (@sarahdessen) April 14, 2015