Over the last five years, a series of events has slowly but mightily amalgamated into the women's empowerment movement. It started as a revolution to accept our bodies and implications of female-specific biology, namely periods, a conversation that gained traction a few years ago when we finally started talking about it openly.
At the same time, body positivity activists attracted attention from clothing brands, mainstream media outlets, and other influencers interested in championing body diversity, diverting from the media's idea of "perfect" in favor of real women facing real women problems, not model problems. Darling magazine was the first national publication to ban airbrushing from its pages. Aerie, a lingerie brand, followed suit, paving the way for several other commercial brands and media companies to make a statement.
The 2017 presidential election was the event that seemed to neatly dovetail these progressive tendrils of activism, which resulted in the inaugural women's march. A year later, now more than ever, the dynamism of women to be at once loud, proud, and less afraid to speak our truths, and simultaneously soft, healing, and nurturing is taking shape and changing the way we think about ourselves and the perception of women at large.