“We need to stand up for each other and for ourselves too. Ladies, we need to collaborate, not compete. We need to champion each other, send out high-fives across the World Wide Web, and give high-fives in person. We need to rally around one another in times of joy and times of sadness. This may be the age of faceless Internet monsters calling us names, but we can be the change. We can say no to all of that. And we can start a movement in our own backyards. We can be the ones who say ‘No thank you’ to gossip and ‘Yes please’ to friendships. When we start to praise girls around us, when they score the highest grade in class on a test, when they land incredible jobs, when they have beautiful families—whatever!—we start lifting up those girls and ourselves. When we reach out in tough times, when someone has lost in love, failed an exam, missed out on an opportunity they’d been dreaming of—any of it—we show that girls can be each other’s backbones rather than the source of one another’s pain.”
You were right. This is a place where horrible things happen. You were right to go. You’re probably escaping disaster…But, I figure this place has given me as much as it’s taken from me. I’ve lived here just as much as I’ve survived here. It just depends on how I look at it.
“To be honest, it’s been very surreal for me,” said Maslany. Her shoulders drooped a little and the volume of her naturally lively voice dropped considerably. When asked why she’d suddenly started whispering, Maslany’s face turned red. “I’m embarrassed,” she confessed. “I know that there’s a following now, and we have our fans and our critics who’ve been really good to us and taken us to that next level. But the only world I can understand is about the work. This other thing feels very foreign to me.” [x]