How can I eloquently express that recent times have raised serious conversations about how we treat women? First quietly, and then in a louder voice women shared the closed doors they had sat behind and felt uncomfortable, the comments about their appearance that had nothing to do with anything that they got when trying to do their jobs, the unwelcome advances that ranged from confusing to scary. For me, I thought about my earliest memory of feeling icky for being a woman when at the age of 14 an adult male snapped my bra.
SO I HAD AN IDEA.
Enclosed you will find two hair bands with the words, “I HAVE YOUR BACK”
One is from me for you. And one is for you to give to another girl or woman.
So if each woman has a woman who she knows has her back, that if she is uncomfortable or she feels she is embarrassed or shamed or sexually harassed or just put in a situation she is made to feel icky, she has a woman who she knows she can talk to. Hopefully those of us who give them to younger women and girls will prevent them from being in some of the uncomfortable, unfair situations others of us have already experienced and never shared because we thought it was our fault or we would be fired or not believed or that we provoked it.
I hope that this gesture matters to you. And I hope you make it matter to someone else.
Jessica Spitalnic Mates
i have your back yoga hair band - one for you - one to give
ONE FOR YOU FROM ME - ONE FOR YOU TO GIVE