Celebrating Feminism in February: Why Galentine’s Day is the real holiday this month

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Did you guys hear that the Super Bowl Puppy Bowl is on Sunday? If you know me personally, it should be no surprise at all that I had no idea until some poor, innocent bystander casually mentioned that Beyoncé is performing at the halftime show. Once I found this out, I immediately made plans to join the rest of America on Sunday evening.

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I love that Bey is performing at the Super Bowl for many reasons. I have loved her since the days of Destiny’s Child and never turn down a chance to see her perform, but my respect for her skyrocketed when she began publicly self-identifying as a feminist. Too many people, including young women, still think of “feminism” as a dirty word. Beyoncé gave feminism her personal brand on her 2013 self-titled album with the song “Flawless”, which featured an amazing excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TEDx talk.

I highly suggest listening to that jam then coming back to this post in order to feel truly hyped about celebrating feminism in February!

Feminism in February

I am a happily married woman who is completely in love with her husband (hi, Reid!). We have a great Valentine’s tradition of burgers and massages, which I am really looking forward to. That being said, it feels as though I have countless opportunities throughout the year to celebrate this type of love throughout the year: anniversaries, birthdays, sweetest day (WTF is sweetest day anyway?)… the list goes on. There is no shortage of opportunities for me to show my husband that I love him. Which I do, so that’s great. What I take issue with is the lack of opportunities to celebrate the genuine love, respect, and pride that I have for my girlfriends.

This year, let’s celebrate Galentine’s Day

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I’m not suggesting that you forego Valentine’s Day altogether. If that’s your thing, go for it. I’ll still be getting a massage and eating a burger on the 14th. What I am suggesting is that you schedule something awesome to celebrate the love you have with your friends. Ever since Leslie Knope dubbed February 13th “Galentine’s Day” several years ago, it’s been my favorite holiday. Even if you can’t make that date work, don’t get February (or Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance) go to waste: get something on your calendar this month!

We suggest skipping the traditional dinner and drinks for something more special. Make it a purposeful event where you celebrate each other’s successes, favorite characteristics, and funniest traits. If you’re stumped for ideas, we want to help!

In the spirit of Galentine’s (and our heroes Beyoncé and Leslie Knope), we at Gild want to make it easier than ever to sport a classy, adult version of the classic “BFF necklace”. From now until the end of February, our Morse Code Necklaces are 30% off! These necklaces come in gold or silver and various lengths, but the best part is that you and your friends can share the experience of creating something gorgeous and personal.

Mention the code “BFF30” when you host a party for your guests to get their kits for 30% off (yours is free, of course!) or enter it at checkout if you just want to order one for yourself. The code expires February 29th (#leapyear), so book or buy before you miss your chance!

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