When I was contacted by Holli Rae of The Goddess Project, I felt a sudden spark of excitement. Described as a documentary on women’s empowerment, I knew this was going to be right up my alley. And as such, I waited until I could sit down and fully immerse myself in what I knew was going to be a beautiful journey. And I’m so glad I did. What Holli Rae and Sara Landas have created is nothing short of a community, and I cannot express how truly honored I am to participate, even in a small way.
These two women traveled across the United States in a uniquely designed school bus to interview over 100 women and empower the feminine voice. Though we make up 50% of the population, female representation in media is disturbingly lacking, and The Goddess Project is one of many films that seeks to change that. What’s most incredible about this documentary? The women interviewed are all, as Rae and Landas describe, “from different walks of life”. Artists, scientists, teachers, mothers, healers, and everything in between, The Goddess Project features a variety of women that all face similar struggles and yearn to create, whatever that creation may be.
The Goddess Project tackles the massive issue of female representation in media in multiple ways. The documentary and the women in it are quick to point out how nearly every ad you see is designed solely to make you feel that you are not whole. And while these messages are often obvious, they are sometimes so subtle that we don’t realize how detrimental they can be. The doc shows the statistic that 70% of women feel more depressed after reading a fashion magazine for 3 minutes. Why? Because what we see is not real. And even though we know that makeup and photoshop is used, we still compare ourselves to a beauty standard that is not only unrealistic, but, simply put, unreal. And this leads us to ask the bigger question: why do we believe this idea that we are less than whole?
This is the question that Rae and Landas seek to answer. And the reality is there are a lot of factors. From the way we’re brought up, to the fact that North American culture is obsessed with pitting women against each other. We see it all the time. The most famous pop stars are always feuding, and more often than not, the feuds are started by the media rather than the singers themselves! The women we hear from offer one incredible solution: empower each other.
We may have been brought up in a culture that taught us to compete with each other, but that doesn’t mean we have to submit it. The truth is that we, as a species, are at our strongest when we are supported. And as this doc shows, there’s nothing more beautiful or inspiring than being empowered by one another. Instead of seeing another woman’s success and feeling badly about ourselves, we should see it and continue to raise her up, and in turn raise ourselves up. We should see the endless possibilities that life has to offer, and our own skills that we can contribute to the world. Because each and every one of us has something to offer. These women aren’t celebrities, they’re ordinary. And yet also extraordinary. Just like us.
The Goddess Project emits what can only be described as an enveloping sense of unity. It’s quite a spiritual experience. We’re left with the message that each of us have a purpose, an important voice. And by empowering each other we can create amazing things. When you finish The Goddess Project, you’ll feel more inspired than ever. You’ll feel like you can accomplish the dreams you won’t even admit to yourself, and as scary as it is, it’s equally magical. You’ll feel proud to be a woman, and you’ll want to share this feeling with every woman you know. I cannot thank Holli Rae and Sara Landas enough for what they have created. I feel truly honored to be included in this amazing journey.
Visit The Goddess Project‘s site for information on screenings in your area, because trust me. This isn’t one you want to miss.
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