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I've always had a heavy female presence in my life, be that family members or through my education but it's only in recent months I've truly begun to realise the value and and importance of strong female friendships.

I've seen an ever growing rate of all things "Girl Gang" related online and I'm so for it. In a society where we're told that other girls are our competition, that we should be pitted against one another and that we're too fat or too thin, it's so encouraging to see a number of women stick two fingers up at those ideas.

From what I've learnt over the last year from my own wonderful group of incredible women is that they'll be the people who when you're a complete mess, help you. When you're in dire need of a pep talk, they'll be on hand to give it to you. They'll do whatever it takes to get you back on track when you feel a little lost be that by taking you out dancing or sitting in all day looking like hot messes and indulging in all of the pizza ever to exist whilst watching awful cheesy films that everyone secretly loves. They'll let you know if you're overreacting or if you're being a bit of a bitch. They'll give you a list of books to immerse yourself in. They'll be the ones to go and see your favourite bands and without a doubt drink a little too much wine with whilst wailing along so far out of tune. They'll remind you that you will be okay, even if it doesn't feel like it ever will be and the best thing is that they will make you laugh so hard until it's hard to breathe.

To see women stand up for each other, for whats right politically and socially, to ensure other women know their worth is so empowering and I truly hope it only continues for our younger girls because in the words of our queen Amy Poehler, "Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”  

Cringe over, as you were.

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