#ToTheGirls2016: How A YA Novel Sparked A Social Media Movement

22 January 2016, 16:30 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

To The Girls 2016

By Victoria Pavlova

Girls deserve space.

This week, Twitter saw its first empowerment campaign of 2016 go viral. #ToTheGirls was the hashtag started by YA author Courtney Summers last year for the release of her novel All The Rage. It trended then and the updated version, #ToTheGirls2016, hit trending status again last night, around the UK release of the book. 

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Since its release, All The Rage has received a standing ovation for its honest portrayal of sexual violence and its aftermath for a survivor. It tells the story of Romy, a teenage survivor of an assault, who was shunned by her small town community for speaking up. When her attacker, golden boy Kellan, assaults another girl, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt, if she doesn’t speak up.

The story is sharp and powerful and it's inspired some truly amazing messages so far. YA authors, booktubers and pretty much everyone else pitched in their hard earned wisdom, using the #ToTheGirls2016 hashtag.. And since we could have used some of those at 13, 14, 15, etc., we thought we'd share some of our favourites in a roundup. 

Many authors tweeted a similar sentiment: you are allowed to stand up for yourself. 

Others highlighted that The Girls Club is not an exclusive one.

... and that you don't have to be perfect to matter. You are enough.

Others got us in touch with our inner Riot Grrrl.

Some emphasised that the girls' club is not an exclusive one.

Some reminded us that disability is not a flaw.

Ditto mental illness.

Most were out to fight the evil, toxic influences in our lives.

Re: "I'm only friends with boys."

And now we'd like all of them made into motivational posters.

Don't mind us, just having an ugly cry in the corner.