From the Girls Who Handle It themselves:
Honestly this is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever been a part of. I’m so honored to be in it! Thank you for starting this 💜
It’s been a really hard few years, and I feel like this project opens the ability for me to feel comfortable at least saying something and making people aware.. and how at the end of the day we can become stronger from it.
I'm so happy to be a part of this project where I don't feel afraid to share or to be pushed down by others for sharing my truth and my life, and honestly I think my process of handling it would be different without this! Thank you so much to everyone!
I had an incredible experience! It was not only a great feeling to share my story and receive so much support; it was empowering to see the plethora of strong women by whom I am constantly surrounded. Everybody has a story and GWHI gave us a platform to share ours, leading to a supportive community of empowered, strong women. Seeing all they had been through and that they came out on the other side demonstrated all that women are capable of, and putting all of these stories in the same place at once showed how exponentially more powerful we are together.
From Girls Who Handle It attendees:
Absolutely incredible. Thank you so much. I’m so grateful to have been able to experience what I just did. You’re starting a conversation that needs to be had more, and by everyone. And it was just insanely eye opening to see the shit not only people go through but women specifically. As a guy, I know we go through different struggles, and I know that girls are unfortunately victims of sexual assault more often than men BUT I had no clue of some of these other issues women have to deal with and i am truly sorry, as a man. I respect the hell out of you and I respect the hell out of these women who have the courage to share these stories. I wish more guys could have seen and experienced what I did. You’re doing God’s work and I’m thankful for that.
The event Girls Who Handle It not only helps illustrate the struggles that women go through on a daily basis, but also highlights how we are expected to cover up those struggles through our outward appearance such as the way we present ourselves on social media. The event is a way to reveal what is truly going on behind our social media accounts and to empower women through difficulties they’ve overcome.
It’s important to have an honest conversation about our vulnerabilities in a time when it is easier to shield yourself with a facade.
I walked away from the event with a new perspective on the human condition and the importance of kindness, because you never know who is silently struggling behind a perfect Instagram feed.
Art is supposed to point to important things we're only beginning to understand. Girls Who Handle It is all-too-relevant, tragic, uplifting, crowdsourced, living, platformed art.
I've been to Girls Who Handle It twice and the first word that comes to mind when I think of this event is "important." The vulnerability of these "girls" is inspiring -- from stories about being raped to recovering from the Vegas shooting, I've learned from them the value of survival and recovery. As a result, I've been inspired to share and be more open about my own vulnerabilities both on social media and in person. THANK YOU to the ladies who put these events on. I can't wait to bring my children to this event in the future.