go site What does it mean to get into good trouble?
Civil Rights hero and U.S. Congressman John Lewis coined this phrase, and for him it has meant being arrested more than 40 times.
During the 1960s, Lewis was one of 13 original Freedom Riders who set out to integrate America’s buses. He was beaten, detained and arrested. His skull was fractured. The peaceful protests he planned and participated in came at a high price – but they were worth it for for a more just society.
“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way,” he has said. “There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet.”
Make a way. Make some noise. Move your feet. All things that we celebrate for the next generation of girls at Girls to the Moon.
“Good trouble” is exactly why we have a core value of fearlessness at Girls to the Moon.
Girls are too often encouraged to behave, be quiet, act nice, and do as they’re told. Have you ever found yourself avoiding challenges and playing it safe, sticking to goals you knew would be easy to reach? Can you think of times you’ve wanted to speak up but didn’t because you were worried about how you would sound or be perceived by others?
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Good trouble often isn’t what we expect of girls and women.
But there’s power in being “disruptive” – in fact, the word goes from a negative in the classroom to a positive in the business world. There’s power in asking questions, challenging the status quo and taking risks.
The world needs girls who stand up for their convictions – and for themselves – and work to make the world a better place the best way they can.
Will you know good trouble when you see it – or cause it?
Good trouble can look like many things for different people, but here are a few ways of causing good trouble that you might have experienced it in your life:
Loving your body instead of comparing it to others’
Writing down how you feel and not caring what it looks like
Calling your elected officials about policies you disagree with
Standing up to a bully
Screwing up and trying again
Being honest when someone asks what you want or how you feel
Going after a big dream dream even when others tell you no
Attending a peaceful protest for a cause you believe in
Saying ‘no’ when you need to
Taking healthy risks
Being a leader
Standing up for yourself
Sharing something honest and vulnerable on social media
Can you think of some specific examples of good trouble in your own life? We’d love to hear them!
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