10 Girl Power Products You MUST HAVE Before 2018

Walking into 2018 like...

Super silly, I know, but who doesn't want to be a little more fabulous in the new year - am I right? 
Something that I'm going to keep working on this year is being 100% authentically myself. As I get older and get to know myself better, I am really learning to love the person that I have become. I am finally confident enough in my beliefs and opinions. I coming to terms with the idea that what I have to say matters and my voice deserves to be heard as much as everyone else's. This is something I have preached many times to my girls but it's definitely been a huge challenge for over the years. But lately, I've found myself doing my own thing, speaking up when I disagree, and standing up for myself when I'm not being treated the way I deserve to be treated. In 2018 I am making a promise to myself to be unapologetically me. Because, well... ain't nobody got time for that! Be you, girlfriend! 

So, in the spirit of stepping out and being our authentic selves, you're going to need some armor. Let's (literally) wear our passions on our sleeves & spark conversations to education and inform the people around us to do better
Here's a list of some of my fave girl power products that I've been loving this year. Some of them I already own and some of them I'm still "heart-eyeing" from afar. Either way, you NEED these things in your life! Also, all of the items are linked for your shopping pleasure. Enjoy! 

I own a lot of clothes but this is my favorite shirt at the moment by far. The best part about it are the reactions I get from people when I wear it. My "woke" friends get it right away while the not-so-woke people have a confused look on their face. Since buying it, I've had the opportunity to educate several random strangers and my class of 7-year-olds about the gender wage gap. That is so awesome! This shirt comes from my favorite store of the moment called The Outrage. They have 2 locations in Philadelphia and DC. I stumbled into the Philly store by accident a couple months ago and all of my feminist dreams came true! The other wonderful thing about them is that they give a portion of their profits to BA human rights organizations like Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and the Malala Fund. The proceeds for this awesome shirts are donated to the National Organization for Women

#2 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

This is probably the best book I read in 2017. The Hate U Give is a young adult novel about a black teenager named Starr that witnesses the death of her black male friend at the hands of police. Throughout the book, she navigates the hardships of what it means to be black in a world that is consistently attacking her very own community. Starr's story provides a personal touch on the Black Lives Matter movement that will change your perspective and challenge your understanding. I was able to gift this book to one of my favorite RISE girls earlier this year and she loved it. Great for teens and adults! If you haven't read this yet, you need to asap! 

These stickers are also from my fave store of the moment The Outrage. I stuck them on both my work computer and my personal computer (so you know I love them). This quote from Elizabeth Warren is a constant reminder for me to not give up or back down even when the voices around me are convincing me otherwise. Proceeds from your purchase benefit the ACLU

I think this is pretty self-explanatory. ;)  

I've known Morgan for several years now and she is one impressive female! She is a phenomenal writer that's been featured in The New York Times and The Atlantic. Her book tells her personal story of what it means to be black AND female in America today. Her book releases in January and I've already pre-ordered my copy. 

A couple friends of mine gifted me this pin for my birthday in September and it's been on my backpack ever since. I also have a tshirt I bought in college with this same phrase. It's a simple message that shows people that feminists are not crazy, baby-aborting, bra-burning women running through the street. (But if that's what you're into, do you, girl!) Feminists are everyday women & girls like you and me that simply want gender equality. This pin normalizes the word so that the F word isn't such a bad word after all. 

I randomly came across these in my hours of online "window shopping" during the holidays and I've been lusting after them ever since. LOVE! 

I've had this shirt for about a year now. It's definitely a conversation piece and that's what's so great about it. Living in DC, most people read it and say "I love your shirt!". However, I wore it to the airport once and the TSA agent read it and said, "Really though?". Irritating, I know. (Side-eye emoji) But, how cool is it that this shirt allows you the opportunity to educate people on the spot?! 

Ah I'm obsessed with these! I owned the corresponding book, Bad Girls Throughout History, and gifted it to one of my Houston girls. These note cards are adorable though. My teacher self is imagining hanging them up around the walls of my classroom for my students (especially my boys!) to be inspired by everyday. These would also be super cute in a girls bedroom all over the walls! 

I love this phone case! It's simple but gets the message across for everyone to see. And as an added bonus, it's made my one of my fave girl-owned companies Little Words Project

If you buy anything on this list, I'd love for you to share on our social media pages! 

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for sticking with me for another year. Let's make 2018 a year of growth, authenticity, and empowerment. See you next year! :)