It’s no surprise that The Bold Type has taken the world by storm since it premiered in the Summer of 2017. With a trio of fun, fabulous, 20-somethings -- Kat Edison, Sutton Brady, and Jane Sloan -- at the helm, navigating the cut-throat world of journalism, it was bound to become a millennial favorite.
Whether we’re rooting for Kat to get promoted within Scarlett, the fictional magazine they all work for, hoping Jane finds the courage to pursue outside opportunities at Incite, or watching Sutton deal with the fallout of mixing a little bit too much pleasure within her business, these three friends walked into our hearts from the moment we laid eyes on them, and haven't exited since.
Do they have it all together? No! They’re figuring things out like the rest of us, but they also live life on their own terms, face their problems head-on, and speak up for what they want -- all while looking runway ready. And honestly, that’s all that any of us can hope for! Here are 7 quotes from The Bold Type that every woman should live by.
1. "Don’t Say ‘Sorry’ when You Have Nothing to Apologize for"- Jacqueline Carlyle
From birth, society conditions women to apologize for insignificant things in a way that men just aren’t. Because of this, many of us grow up feeling like we have to shrink down to make room for others or speak a little gentler so as not to offend anyone. Well, no more! In the words of Jacqueline, Scarlett’s editor-in-chief, “Don’t say sorry when you have nothing to apologize for.” Seriously, stop it. You should definitely be humble enough to admit your mistakes, but if you haven’t done anything that warrants an apology -- save that “sorry” for when it’s actually needed.
2. “if You Can’t do It with Feeling, Don’t.” - Jacqueline Carlyle
In other words, always be true to yourself. Peer pressure is very real, and it does not discriminate against any age group. The desire to fit in can sometimes circumvent the inner voice in our heads, otherwise known as our gut, but we don’t have to let it.
Scientific studies have proven that our gut pulls every collective experience we’ve ever had from the depths of our subconscious, to help us make better decisions in the moment. Even if we don’t explicitly know just what the best decision may be, chances are you, we definitely know when something feels wrong. And if it feels wrong, we're not going to feel good doing it. Get in tune with that voice now; it’ll never steer you wrong.
3. "You Know, There's a Lot More inside of a Woman than What You Can See on the outside. - Adena
We, as women especially, are judged more than our male counterparts for the way we look. And it’s just not right. It’s impossible to accurately assess who someone is based on how they look, the color of their skin, or the clothes they wear. That can only come from spending time with them and learning about their character through their actions. We are the sum of all our parts, and, in the grand scheme of themes, our outer beauty, though it should be celebrated, pales in significance to the beauty that lives within. Remember this as you journey through life. You are not your hair, your clothes, or your dress size. None of those things have any impact on the person you are underneath it all. Also: remember to afford your fellow sisters that same courtesy, along the way.
4. "Nevertheless, We Will Persist." - Jacqueline Carlye
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. There are no shortcuts; on top of that, there will always be obstacles in our way, trying to keep you down. In those times it’s important to stay steadfast in line with your goals. If you keep the finish line clear in your head, then it won’t matter what comes up against you, because you will have already made up in your mind that you’re not going to yield for anything or anyone.
5. "and I Expect You to Unleash Holy Hell on Anyone Who Tries to Hold You Back…” - Jacqueline Carlyle
Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t take this quite literally, but you should definitely take to heart a similar energy. Basically, if there’s anyone in your life trying to keep you from reaching your full potential, you should never be afraid to take them to task. Speak up, defend yourself when necessary, and know that people will only treat you the way that you allow them to. You can’t change someone else’s character, but if you make it known that you will only tolerate respect, then people who have no desire to return that respect will move on to someone who will accept that kind of treatment, leaving you better off than you were before.
6. "There’s a Special Place in Hell for Women Who Don’t Help Other Women." - Jane Sloan
Okay, so maybe The Bold Type isn’t the originator of this quote (Madeleine Albright is) but Jane Sloan did say it in an episode. Regardless, it rings true. We’re all stronger together than we are apart. If we put our guards down, we all can actually be each other’s biggest allies and support system. There’s room for everyone to thrive! When it’s all said and done, make sure you’re able to say that you did your part in helping other women to thrive, knowing that their success doesn’t detract from your own shine; it only adds to it
7. “Life Can Change in a Flash, so What Are We Waiting for?" - Jane Sloan
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it comes slowly, but sometimes, as Jane Sloan related to her friends, “life can change in a flash.” We never know what is going to happen. Plans fail, accidents occur, and things can fall apart in the blink of an eye. That’s why it’s important to make the most of life while you have it. Take risks, go on adventures, do that thing that frightens you, and know that, even if it all falls apart, you’ll always have the memories of the journey.
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