The terms “Squad” and “Squad Goals” are everywhere lately. The terms appear alongside Facebook, Instagram and Tumbler posts and occasionally on Twitter for the older “squad” hashtag set. It’s one of those words people are using and everyone knows what it means, but also doesn’t.
Squad relates to a group of female friends that hangout with you and who have your back no matter what. Squad and squad goals are feminist, but doesn’t mean squads are women only groups. A feminist squad at its core is equitable. It includes all genders, ethnicities, classes and professions. Life can get complicated. Without your squad where would you be?
Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video, featured below, took the squad concept to a new level.
How SNL, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler along with Amy Schumer Show What’s a Real Squad in “Dope Squad” (Spoliers below)
In response to the question “how do you juggle it all?”, Fey and Poehler challenge the concept of Squad and Squad goals as a silly empty group of gal pals. They show their nannies, the server at a restaurant, mammogram technicians, a man who returned a lost wallet, their shared gynecologist and the list goes on and then sends up the images of Hollywood Squads.
Women at the top of their profession often detail how they created their own bespoke support network, or feminist “squad”. That’s the point. You don’t need to do it all. You just need a squad with feminist squad goals to help you reach your full potential.
If you didn’t think your squad and your squad goals were feminist, then take a good look at your squad. We think you’ll find — you’ve got feminist squad goals.
Thanks SNL, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer for showcasing feminist ethos of the squad!