In conjunction with the release of her new song “I Can Do Hard Things,” Nettles spearheaded a campaign that was filmed in Nashville and Brooklyn to share some of the stark realities that women overcome and suggests the community that is forged by the shared experience of getting through hard things. As Nettles believes, it is the hard things that not only make us stronger, but also bring us together.
“This song took on a life quickly and unexpectedly. For me, in writing it, I was just writing my own truth and story. But what I have come to see is that so many women share this truth and that inspired me to make an invitation. This video is an invitation to a community; the beginning of a beautiful tapestry of women sharing their stories of doing hard things. This kind of community is both sword and shield. When you share your own story, you own your power. And when you own your power, it is harder for someone to take it from you. When you share in community, you protect each other’s power and that makes it even harder for someone to take it from you. Owning your power is a shield that says, “You can’t take this from me!” Holding your sister’s power is a sword in front of her that says, “Don’t even THINK about trying to take this from her!”