What day is it? Wednesday, October 3, OBVIOUSLY! The date is now iconic, thanks to the 2004 comedy Mean Girls. With a screenplay written by the incomparable Tina Fey, based on the non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, Mean Girls examined what teenage girls face each and every day when they walk into their high schools. While many consider this another teen movie, Mean Girls is an insightful and comedic exploration of the harsh social circumstances young women create and participate in.
With October 3 falling on a Wednesday this year, #MeanGirlsDay is receiving even more social media engagement because, “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”
— Jonathan Bennett (@JonathanBennett) October 3, 2018
Of course, there are fun and cute posts circulating on the Internet. Some are simply easy ways to promote TV shows, products, and so on.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 3, 2018
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) October 3, 2018
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) October 3, 2018
However, some organizations are using today to raise awareness about issues teenagers still struggling with today, 14 years after the release of Mean Girls. For instance, The Dru Project is hosting a donation drive and selecting one lucky donor to receive a branded pink t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which promote LGBTQIA equality.
The National Women’s Law Center is using October 3 to remind people that “the limit does not exist” to how many times you can call your senators to remind them to #StopKavanaugh. Men like Kavaugnh used their teenage years as an excuse to mistreat female peers, blaming everything from alcohol or adolescences.
— NWLC (@nwlc) October 3, 2018
Mean Girls has found a new life since it’s 2004 premiere. In March 2018, a Mean Girls musical hit Broadway. Fey wrote the musical’s book and her husband, Jeff Richmond, composed the music. Those visiting New York can still catch the Mean Girls musical at the August Wilson Theater.
— Mean Girls Broadway (@MeanGirlsBway) October 3, 2018