There’s something funny about your 30s. It’s knowing (significantly) more than you did in your 20s. But we couldn’t have gotten here without that foundation.
As the internet looks back on the last decade and we embark on a new one, I couldn’t help but observe a glorious truth. Those seminal years, for us, were full of pop culture that not only inspires but speaks to the realities we collectively experienced.
The 2010s–when so many of us were experiencing early adulthood in an internet age–were ours.
Who is this “ours” I speak of?
The 2010s belonged to millennial women, full stop. Sifting through all the "best of the decade" lists over the past week brought more than a little nostalgia. But more importantly, we saw dynamic, twenty-something women (and women of color!), with things to SAY. With goals to achieve and a distinct point of view that reflected a truth that was never before seen. Young women had a platform, a purpose, and the world--FINALLY--was starting to wisen up that maybe there's more to life than a "boys will be boys" agenda. From breakups that fueled billion-dollar startups and triple platinum albums to Beyoncé letting us into her inner sanctum, this is a list of the lessons found in the inspiring work in movies, music, TV and business that, over the last decade, made being a normal, relatable, flawed woman was more than okay-it's what made us more powerful.
It's truly undeniable. Culture grew up with millennial women at the center this past decade. So watch out 2020s, because if the 2010s were our learning years, then this next decade will see this generation of women unafraid to step into their power. We’re older and we're wiser–a generation empowered. And I am here for it.
Carmen Graham is a writer and content strategist out of Miami, with a history in New York. She lives with her husband and (very woke) baby boys in Coconut Grove.
For more inspiration to take us into this new decade, check out our Flower Club Goal Setting Challenge, starting January 13!