• Nicole Sherwin


Ironically in a movement designed for women to support women, some women did the exact opposite.

Over 4.1 million women shared a black and white photo on Instagram this week.

Source: The Economic Times

Last week I got asked via Instagram to post a black and white selfie. The message I got was that it was a movement supporting women. The timing was fortuitous for me. I had just listened to the Mamamia ‘No Filter’ episode with Julia Gillard on women in leadership. I was feeling pretty inspired, so I participated. I didn’t question where it came from. It was something simple and positive, during a pretty bleak time for a lot of people.

In scrolling the flood of black and white photos on my feed, I saw a cross-section of strong women. Some women chose particular moments in time that were important to them, some wore makeup, some didn’t, some chose to showcase other women who inspired them, some chose to showcase books that inspired them. Some women used #womensupportingwomen. With each post, the common thread was messages of support and female empowerment, an echo chamber of solidarity. Maybe a small thing in the scheme of things, but undoubtedly a good thing. Nonetheless, in a world where women are predictably the first to cut down other women, that’s exactly what happened next.

“Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man.” Source: The Guardian