By: Abbey Clark, Regular Contributor
In my opinion the 2002 flick, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, is in a league of its own. It not only paints the picture of what sisterhood means at an early age, but what it means as you get older. For me, the term sisterhood encompasses many types of relationships. In my family, I am the younger of two girls. Naturally, sisterhood translates to literal, biological sisterhood for me. However, it goes much deeper than that, and also defines my relationship with my girlfriends from home, my girlfriends from college, my mom, my aunt, my grandmother, my female colleagues, and even female strangers.
In the movie, there is a flashback to when the older women started the Ya-Ya Sisterhood as young girls. They all possess different personalities, but one thing they all have in common is their age. They are young, impressionable, and trying to find their place in the world. Through a series of flashbacks, the members of the Ya-Ya try to explain the many secrets of sisterhood to one of the older woman’s daughters (played by Sandra Bullock). As they explain more about her mother’s life: her domestic complications, her battles with drug addiction, and her intentions to be a good mother to her children, Bullock’s character starts to find clarity. She is able to drop the sandbags of resentment, and to find peace in her relationship with her mother, in her relationship with her fiancé, and also in her relationship with herself.
What do you think of when you think of the term “sisterhood?” I think of deep conversations, wine nights, hysterical laughter, and bonding. However, I have also found that sisterhood means empathy and a heightened understanding of what it means to be a woman in not only today’s world, but also yesterday’s world.
I can say with confidence that being a sister to many women in my life, and being a part of this amazing organization, has greatly enhanced my understanding of the meaning of the term sisterhood. Being a sister not only means looking out for one another, but it means understanding each other’s stories, and pasts. Sometimes these details seem incomprehensible, but with some effort, empathy, and compassion, it’s possible. And, regardless of our pasts, we are all in the present together.
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Abbey recently graduated from Boston College where she received bachelors degrees in both English and Human Development. She is a certified yoga instructor, and a strong believer in the daily morning cup of coffee. She is obsessed with all things marketing and social, and has loved creative writing as long as she can remember. She loves shoes, vegan baking, traveling, and trying new things. She is an advocate of healthy living, real beauty, and is so proud to be part of such a beautiful organization that is changing the world for women and girls!