Michelle Zagardo is the founder of Lysande, a hair accessories brand that empowers women to own their boldest selves. When she’s not working on Lysande, she volunteers for Project Sleep, as a trained speaker with the Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program, and writes about her experience living with type 1 Narcolepsy and chronic illness with the goal of spreading the message that our bodies deserve to be heard and that we deserve diagnoses.
The Bleeding Edge focuses on a permanent birth control method called Essure, marketed to women as an alternative to tubal ligation. A quick, easy procedure. 45-minutes in the office, no incisions, no anesthesia, and back to work the next day. But for many women, the journey did not end there. The 2018 Netflix documentary created by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, opens a previously hidden wound in an influential industry that has caused more damage than most people are aware of.
Women's Equality Day is celebrated yearly on August 26th to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Though this day is remembered for being one that made women more equal to men, we know that more work must be done. To be equal, we must continue to make strides for women of all backgrounds all around the world. These feminist influencers, bloggers, artists, and change makers offered their tip or suggestions as to how to practice intersectional feminism today, on Women's Equality Day, but really every day, to ensure that we're continuing to make strides and push for a truly equal world.
Cate Barrett is a runner, coach and young professional from Texas. She is currently training to qualify for the Olympic trials marathon, the top three finishers of which will compete in the Olympics. Her Instagram is @beingcate, where she shares her journey as a runner.
Mbali Z. Ndlovu is a serial entrepreneur who has launched several social enterprises dedicated to helping others improve their wellbeing. Mbali's most recent venture, Lukafit, is an empowering activewear brand with a mission to spark a health and wellness movement among Black women.
Ro founded SLOWE in 2017 as a response to the difficulty of engaging with women’s sport as a fan – something she’d been struggling with personally for a long time. Before starting the platform she worked as a designer and believes the aesthetic and quality of coverage is integral to it’s success. SLOWE is founded on the principal that the audience is there, we just need to give them better content.
In both her business and her personal life, Women Who Create founder Amy Phipps finds creativity and creating communities at the heart of everything she does. She has always loved bringing different groups of people together and has seen firsthand how energy, connection and empathy shared between people has a magical power to inspire, heal and help others thrive.
Maria Gilfoyle is the founder of The Power Thread- a platform for women to share stories and inspire each other. It is an online site for young women to share ideas and develop new concepts. Attitudes and goals of the platform include feminism, authenticity, transparency, inclusivity, and empowerment with an interest in fashion and community. She discusses her goals for The Power Thread and its growing community with Make Muse.
#Halfthestory is a global campaign that seeks to share the stories of individuals and create connection on social media. Spearheaded by founder Larissa May, #HalftheStory is blossoming into a ripple effect of authentic, online community around the world.
Behere is an inclusive community for women who crave more flexibility. CEO Meesen Brown dives into how Behere connects women that are open, accepting, and supportive of new people, places, and cultures.
Tia Korpe is the Founder and Managing Director of Future Female Sounds. The organization collects a network of women to pass on the knowledge of how to DJ, how to promote yourself, and make a living in the industry. Tia aims to combine a safe space for creativity, personal development and career mentorship to push the development of upcoming talented females in music worldwide.
Writer, speaker, and researcher Vicki Rox is deeply committed to redefining manhood and fostering human connection. Her most recent work includes hosting underground men’s dinner salons to achieve these goals.
“Aspiring multi-hyphenate” Olivia Land is passionate about storytelling, visual arts, and the connection of women. Olivia has been a contributor to Feminist Wednesday and Her Campus and a part of documentary Dream, Girl.
Willa Bennet gives insight into the ever-changing media landscape, especially that for Gen-Z and adolescent young women.
Amanda Gorman, First National Youth Poet Laureate, shares her thoughts on feminism and gives advice for young writers.
Emily Stobbe, also known as @itsourbookclub on Instagram, discusses her interest in activism and commitment to read one book each week on social justice.
Author of Frat Girl and recent Stanford graduate Kiley Roache talks feminism, fraternities, and favorites.
Florine Hofmann: Zero-Waste Blogger
Megan Murphy-Bratich: Combiner of Creativity and Purpose
Rebecca Rivera: Sustainable Maker + Designer
Jenn Vélez: Sustainable AcTEEvist
Megan McSherry: Conscious Consumerism Enthusiast
Abigail Thorpe: Ethical Brandz Founder
Lindsey Shockley: Emmy-Nominated Black-ish Writer and Producer
Holly Thicknes: Co-Founder of Girls on Film
Kobe Cowell: Teenage Filmmaker, Actress, and Storyteller
Irene Ashu: Director, Choreographer, and Dancer
Julie Hotz: Adventurer, Filmmaker, and Photographer
Danielle Galella: A Creative Full of Wanderlust and Ambition