While plenty of organizations, movements, and hashtags have been created to build solidarity among women, when it comes down to it, some of us just don’t know how to celebrate one others’ successes or support one another in our various endeavors. That, of course, doesn’t negate those of us that do — especially women who go out of their way to create opportunities for other women — but every now and then we all need a reminder of how important it is for us to stick together, and Taraji P. Henson has given us the latest one.
Speaking during a press run for her upcoming film Hidden Figures which tells the story of the three black women who were instrumental in launching astronaut John Glenn into space, Taraji explained how if it weren’t for these women putting stereotypical female cattiness aside, we may have never even made it into space.
“When you embrace each other and you stick together — look what they were able to accomplish. They would not have been able to accomplish that if Mary hated on anybody in her office. If Mary got in her ego and said, ‘Well I wanted that job,’ knowing Katherine was the only mind to do it, if she hated on Katherine, would we be in space?
When she puts it like that, it’s kind of hard to justify petty office beef, isn’t it? And while we may not have goals as lofty as launching a man into orbit, Taraji’s example is relative, boiling down to the point that whatever it is we want to accomplish, we’ll need the help of other women to do so.
“Women gotta understand we work better together,” Taraji added. “The power in women sticking together — we will change the world. We will. And until we get that, we’re going nowhere.”
Taraji’s words are that much more powerful when you hear the passion in her voice, and even witness her nearly get choked up at the idea of women embracing one another. Check out the clip from the interview below. What are you going to do this week to work better with the women in your life?