Happy First Birthday To Us

Girls Against has changed my life. I realise this is a statement which has been slightly marred by the Soy Latte, aviator clad LA elite but please believe me when I say that Girls Against, truly and definitely has changed my life.

Not to sound too morbid or #fakedeep but this campaign has given my life a bit more purpose. I’m still doing exactly what I would be doing regardless if Girls Against existed or not. I’m still at uni doing the degree I wanted to before, still living in Scotland just now I have to answer a lot more emails, I get recognised a bit more and I don’t generally have to pay for gig tickets. Regardless of the fact that physically my life hasn’t changed much the purpose of it has. I used to say to my Mum that all I wanted to do was help people and change the world when she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know, I was an intense kid. Through Girls Against though I’m fulfilling those life long dreams. At 18 years old.

When I think about the influence Girls Against has for too long it sometimes makes me a bit dizzy and I kind of want to throw up. Which is why I don’t because I do not have time to clean up the whitey. From what started out as an idea on a group chat with people I’d met once in my life for about 3 hours has developed into an international ‘movement’ (i put movement into quotation marks because I’m afraid of taking myself too seriously). It’s a campaign with over 14 thousand followers and international press coverage. Fourteen thousand people. That number is too large for me to comprehend at 11 at night on a Thursday.

Because I do all the press for Girls Against I’ve been asked more times than I can remember if in the beginning I saw the campaign becoming what it has. Of course, my answer is no every time but I think because of the frequency that I get asked it this question has lost a bit of meaning.  However, now that I’m forcing myself to properly think about it I can definitely say no. We absolutely had no idea we would be in the position that we are now at the beginning. At Girls Against’s conception we were four teenagers who just had similar music tastes and considered ourselves feminists. In fact, that’s pretty much all I knew about Anni and Bea one year ago. As time went on, in fact within the first two days of Girls Against, our thoughts were usually something along the lines of ‘shit, this is getting a bit big’. We hit 500 followers, then 1000 followers, then 5000, then ten thousand etc etc. And not to sound too sappy – but at the same time completely sappy because it’s our first birthday – Anni, Anna and Bea are now my best friends in the world, the people I’d trust with anything and the people I know the best.

Girls Against has been the biggest learning curve I’ve ever been through. I think sometimes people forget that we are four teenage girls who juggle this campaign with school and uni work, home life and maintaining a social life. For anyone wondering as a result of Girls Against I now have some of the best time management skills of any 18 year old, just saying. This campaign is not an easy thing to do. There are days where we all slack and we all fall behind on the work required to keep this thing moving. Keeping this campaign running includes, answering 5 to 10 press emails a day, conducting my own emails to venues, security companies and other social campaigns, answering twitter notifications, answering 3-5 twitter DMs a day, keeping the blog updated, conducting interviews, managing merch orders, managing over 80 international Girls Against reps… and the list goes on. However, the fact that we get to help people every day and see the real life impact of what we are doing every day makes up for it. The fact that we get a few free gigs thrown in doesn’t hurt either. Also, having people recognise you at gigs is a bit weird and just reminds me I really need to get a new twitter @ but is sometimes quite fun.

I know I might seem like a bit of a wank for complaining about the amount of work required for the up keep of Girls Against because after all it is our campaign and although we didn’t know we would be where we are it could have been foreseeable. Believer me I am not complaining because Girls Against is so much fun and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I know I may seem like a broken record but I feel I really need to emphasise this.

I hope everyone who has interacted with Girls Against as a result of an assault or harassment at a gig has felt supported and has gotten what they were looking for from us. The victims are why we set up this campaign and you are the reason we are still going. Everything else is just add ons. I hope Girls Against has managed to be the person at the other end of the line ready to comfort you and set you on your way to moving on and processing your experience.

Right enough of the sappy shit on with the BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS !

In celebration of our first birthday we’re putting out some exclusive merch. Up until now we’d simply been spreading the word through the medium of some super cute badges and that’s been great and all but it’s now time to move onto bigger and better things. Details of the different bundles available are below, this post should go live at 4 o,clock GMT and so the merch should go live exactly one hour later at 5PM GMT ! This should give you enough time to get yourself together and get your card out / ask your mum for money. We’ve tried to keep the costs as low as possible so that the most amount of people as possible are able to support Girls Against. Please when ordering your bundle or badges select THE CORRECT SHIPPING. This is very important because if you have not selected the correct shipping option for your product we will be unable to ship it to you until you have paid the correct amount. Don’t worry if you do, it can be easily solved but try your best not to mess it up thanks. Please expect your order to come within the next 28 days as we’re still waiting on a few shipments coming in. We will keep you up to date with your order via the email you provide when you place your order. We have very limited numbers so please get your order in quick as we do expect to sell out (hopefully, otherwise this is gonna be a bit awkardf…). As per usual UK and EU shipping is available – sorry America we’re working on it we swear x

Lots of love,

Hann from Girls Against 💜

ALL MERCH AVAILABLE ON girlsagainst.tictail.com

THE BIRTHDAY BUNDLE :

OUR EXCLUSIVE FIRST BIRTHDAY MERCH BUNDLE – £13

As a thank you to all of our amazing supporters and in celebration of our first birthday we’re finally releasing more merch ! This bundle includes our famous badges worn by the likes of Slaves, Baby Strange and The 1975, some of our new vinyl stickers that can go on your laptop or guitar our brand new Girls Against guitar pics and it all comes in the brand new birthday exclusive Girls Against tote bag! We have very limited orders on this bundle so make sure you get your order in fast ! We’ve tried to keep the price as fair as possible so it means that the most amount of people as possible have an opportunity to support the campaign. Please don’t worry if you were unable to get the bundle this time around as each individual product will be sold separately in the future and there are other products and bundles available today!

THIS BUNDLE INCLUDES :
1 x Birthday exclusive tote bag.
3 x Classic Girls Against badges.
2 x New vinyl Girls Against stickers.
1 x New Girls Against guitar pics.
+ SHIPPING (UK and EU shipping now available)
PLEASE SELECT THE CORRECT SHIPPING OPTION FOR THIS PRODUCT

THE BITS AND BOBS BUNDLE – £5

This bundle includes our staple 2 of our staple Girls Against badges, one of our vinyl Girls Against stickers and 2 of our exclusive birthday guitar pics.

2 x Girls Against badges
1 x Girls Against sticker
2 x Exclusive Girls Against birthday guitar pics
+ Postage (UK, EU and US postage available)
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CLASSIC PIN BADGE ORDER

Every order includes two of our gorgeous logo pin badges! As seen on the likes of Slaves, Drenge, Hinds and Honeyblood, you can wear your pin to gigs as a sign of solidarity.

Price breakdown:
£1 – Logo pin badge X2
+ Postage and packing (UK and EU available)
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