Girl Stop Apologizing
Rachel Hollis

by

Karim Chandra

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Part 1-9
Summary

In this chapter, Hollis narrates her life as a child and how their family had serious financial problems. These challenges are what helped shape her character of always aiming for great things in life. From an early age, she always dreamt of having a big house as well as other things associated with a good life. She explains that after setting her target, nobody could talk her out of it — not even the opinions of others could move her. Hollis also mentions that “well-behaved women” never achieve substantial things in life, which leads her to naming some of the world’s most successful women, including: Oprah; Beyoncé; Sojourner Truth; Marie Curie; and Malala Yousafzai. All these women had to go out of their way to defeat criticism in order to achieve their dreams.

Analysis

Hollis seems to be of the thought that for women to achieve in life, one needs to be a hustler; they should not be talked out of their ideas and ambitions. Women should always try to improve their current condition by making it their ultimate motivator — and for Hollis, she was motivated by the fact that she came from a humble background and, therefore, needed to work hard to improve that condition. She also argues that success comes at a price for women: the need to face criticism for ignoring the status quo and societal expectations. Because the backlash that comes with chasing one’s dreams is lesser than the satisfaction that its achievements can bring, Hollis is of the opinion that women should strive to make the world a better place — and this can only be achieved if they are willing to be ambitious. The opinion that girls do not hustle is outdated, and is a way of inhibiting the potential of women. In other words, if women want something, they should work for it.

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