Anna Buckley
March 28, 2017 10:01 am
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This Women’s History month has been filled with inspiring stories highlighting women who are fighting for equality, and remembering those who paved the way for us to do so. Here at HelloGiggles, we decided to highlight the experiences of women on our team by sharing the wisdom they’ve garnered thus far in their lives as ladies (AKA, our #ladylessons). As one wise soul once said, “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

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“The ways that people will try to disenfranchise you — because you’re a woman, because you’re someone of color — will shock you. You have to find strength in the ways that you take power back for yourself. Celebrating your accomplishments is an act of defiance.”

— Eva Recinos, Social Media Manager

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“The biggest lesson I learned this far is that to love others, or to let others love you, you have to love yourself first. Self-love is the foundation for all other love, and I’m so thankful my parents taught me this.”

—Gabriela Herstik, Latina Culture Writer

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“The best piece of advice I’ve ever received came from my mother. As a teen I was freaking out about my birthday party guest list, and she said very sincerely, “you don’t have to invite everyone to your birthday party.” What I should really focus on is being nice to everyone I meet — and then I can keep my life guest list as exclusive as I want.”

— Rachel Paige, Senior Writer

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“When I realized that other women are not my competition — that I had just been conditioned to believe that they are — I finally felt free to explore my own complexities because I was now able to recognize and admire the complexities of all of the girls and women around me. When we allow ourselves to be inspired by one another, it disrupts the culture that convinced us women can’t be powerful together. Supporting each other is one of the most subversive things we can do.”

— Rachel Sanoff, Features Editor

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“I refuse to be a perfect woman. In subverting expectations that pay no mind to inclusivity, I will create my own version of womanhood. And I won’t apologize for that.”

— Anna Gragert, Associate Editor

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“I believe that fashion and makeup can brighten your mood and change your attitude. I like to live by the motto that when you look good, you feel good. While I know looks aren’t everything, because I believe hard work and knowledge are important, I do always feel confident when I look my best.”

— Alyssa Morin, Associate Beauty Editor

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“Focus on what makes you happy, and be at peace with what doesn’t. Put your energy in what you can control versus what you can’t. Plan instead of worry.”

— Danelle Sandoval, Social Media Producer

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“Pinpoint what makes you different, and run with it. Lean into your weirdness.”

— Emily Popp, Deputy Editor

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“I grew up hearing that women tend to be ‘overly emotional.’ But thankfully, I’ve come to realize that being emotionally vulnerable is a beautiful thing. A woman’s ability to empathize, relate, and listen is all thanks to her maternal nature. I firmly believe that if womanhood is given more of the respect and authority it deserves, we will live in a more caring, loving world.”

— Anna Buckley, Social Media Producer

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“There is true feminine magick in a power lipstick…choose your shade wisely.”

— Marie Lodi, Beauty Editor

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“You never have to answer to anyone or meet any expectations. What you want, what you believe in, and who you are is more than enough. Oh, and don’t forget to laugh.”

— Gina Florio, Health & Wellness Editor

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“You can be really happy with your life and still feel sad sometimes. You can be producing amazing work and still wonder if you’ll never have a good idea again. You can be a boss bitch and still need to cry in the bathroom once in a while. The best thing about you is that you’re complicated.”

— Christina Wolfgram, Video Producer

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“Everything I’ve learned about success, I’ve learned from all the strong, badass women I’ve worked with, so my lady lessons are just a mashup up of every useful piece of advice I’ve been given. Ready? Stay gracious. Know your worth; always ask for more before you accept an offer (but have the receipts to back up your badassery). Be kind and show your appreciation to every person you work with, always end on good terms (burning bridges is overrated)  — you never know if that individual will one day be the one looking over your resume; the world is smaller than you’d think. Being smart is great, but your hustle and hard work is so much more valuable. Lastly, remember: You are capable of so much more than you know. Before others can believe in you, you must believe in yourself.”

— Gina Vaynshteyn, Editorial Director

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“Enjoy the power and beauty of our voices, embrace intersectional feminism, and wear sunscreen.”

— Marty Preciado, Latina Culture Editor

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