She Can & She Did is a storytelling platform dedicated to building a community of unapologetic, vulnerable, ambitious, diverse, and unified women.
You don’t need to be a fancy pants writer to submit to She Can & She Did, we welcome voices of all different backgrounds and perspectives. All we ask is that you speak, share, and question honestly, vulnerably, and with compassion. It's OK if you don't have all the answers, all we're asking is for you to speak your truth.
Now, to help get your stories flowing, we’ve narrowed in on four different areas:
The Good, The Bad (Happy Endings Optional), Unlikely Runners, and The Everything Else.
From career and family to body image and letters to our former selves, sharing our stories can be an incredible vehicle for change. Don’t worry about making your writing perfect, just send your stories in. We’re here to make you shine!
The good is about sharing the stories of how you defied expectations. How you beat the odds or proved to yourself that you can and will do whatever it is you set out to do. From first race day stories to discovering the power of the #BadassLadyGang, the good is all about hope, optimism, and taking lemons to make lemonade.
The Bad (Happy Ending Optional):
Belonging, breakups, heartbreak, loss, grief, setbacks, failure, fear, body image, and self-doubt. Behind every strong, driven, resilient woman is one who has been to hell and back again. These are the stories that need to be heard because when we expose our imperfect journeys to each other, we create a world where acceptance and belonging are universal. Remember, when it comes to the bad, happy endings are optional. From stories of set backs to quitting, we want the real, raw, and vulnerable lessons you've learned and endured along the way.
The Unlikely Runners:
For so many of us, we spent a majority of our lives believing that we’d never be able to enjoy being physically active. Maybe we aren’t naturally athletic. Maybe we thought we “let ourselves go” and after a couple hundred attempts to diet and workout so that we could lose weight, we didn’t believe we’d ever look the way we thought we needed to look in order to feel powerful, confident and beautiful.
Hell, maybe you’ve tried to become a runner a million different times and never stuck with it until something changed and you realized it really was all about putting one foot in front of the other. That once you were able to embrace the suck, eventually, your hard work would pay off in a way that's difficult to describe. That feeling is LIFE CHANGING. Running and accomplishing a goal or crossing a finish line makes you feel empowered. Strong. Motivated. Capable. Beautiful. Energetic. The list goes on and on.
I want you to tell this story: I never thought I’d be a runner.
Remember, your story is for anyone struggling to get out the door. For anyone who looks in the mirror and cringes. For anyone who feels like they’ll never be able to feel proud in the skin they’re in. So many people hate running. So many people hate going to the gym. But we know that getting active can be a lifeline. It’s just really hard to get started. So to combat the bikini body BS, I hope that we can show people that working out and getting active isn’t just about weight loss. Health isn’t a look, it’s a lifestyle.
There are no rules, just your truth. So my fellow unlikely runners, let your voices be heard.
The Everything Else:
Representation is what we're all about here at She Can & She Did. And in order to redefe what strength looks and feels like, we need you to help us show the world that strength comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and experiences. How? By using your voice and sharing your story!
Maybe it's something you discovered in the workplace. Maybe it was a woman who inspired you to keep fighting when you wanted to throw in the towel. Maybe it's a letter to your younger self or to your daugther. Or maybe it's the moment you realized you're stronger than you give yourself credit for. The everything else is for everything that falls in between the good and the bad.
Need help getting started?
Not sure what to write? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- What is the story behind how you fought to make a dream or goal a reality?
- What is the story behind why you decided to join the #SportsBraSquad?
- If you could deliver a letter to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
- Do you have a picture of yourself the moment when everything changed? Tell that story.
- What is the story behind the moment you realized that health is not a look, it's a lifestyle.
When submitting your stories, art, images, videos, poems, essays, and pieces to She Can & She Did, please remember to:
- Include your name, email, photograph(s) in a separate attachment, and a link to your blog and social media handles (if you'd like to share them). If you'd like to share anonymously, include your name and email but let us know that you'd like to remain anonymous.
- We know how much work goes into your pieces, and they will be treated with the respect they deserve. Every submission will be responded to within 4-6 weeks.
When you’re ready, submit your story to
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