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Empowering the modern, ambitious, independent woman to stay motivated, stay focused, and give less f*** about people and societal norms keeping her from stepping into her full power.


#HERPOWER Lisa Carmen Wang

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Empowering the modern, ambitious, independent woman to stay motivated, stay focused, and give less f*** about people and societal norms keeping her from stepping into her full power.


    The Powerful Woman Pt. II: Her Purpose

    The Powerful Woman Pt. II: Her Purpose

    The Seven Undeniable Traits of The Powerful Woman: Pt. II

    The first trait is Courage.

    The second trait is Purpose.

    II. Her Purpose

    “I don’t want to know what you do.” The Powerful Woman states, for she knows this is a trivial, artificial label. She wants to know something more.

    “What do you long for? What do you ache for?” She implores.

    “If time, money, and fear were no issue, how much bigger could you dream?…

    How much more alive could you be if you renounced your safe cocoon of comfort for PASSION, for LOVE, for the ultimate PURPOSE of living for something greater?”

    For most, the idea of asking these questions is frightening. It is much easier to dull themselves. To live pleasantly yet aimlessly. To succumb to a numbing, disquieting march of complacency and judgement… Always judgement.

    Judgement, after all, is what they resort to when their own lives are purposeless.



    Literally anesthetized by the fear of asking… of DEMANDING something more.

    The Powerful Woman is not afraid to ask questions.

    She is not afraid to demand more, from herself or from others. She is not afraid to question the reality that attempts to box her in.

    In fact it is the recognition that reality is hers to redefine that leads her to a depth of understanding that so alludes others:

    To redefine reality is, in and of itself, her purpose.

    The Powerful Woman watches as the world passes them by, as they chase unrequited permission and validation. She realizes that purpose can only be found when all of that is forsaken.

    Her Purpose is not an external drive, it is an internal fire. It is a vision of how the world COULD BE, irrespective of how the world IS.

    Purpose must always be anchored in desired change, in desired growth. For when we stop growing, we decay. Ultimately, we die. This is a truth that they so often forget. But this is a truth that The Powerful Woman never forgets.

    Her Purpose is driven by a deep appreciation of the nature of time, of growth, and of death.

    Her Purpose is driven by urgency.

    Her Purpose is driven by necessity.

    “What do you long for?” She asks once more. “What do you ache for?” It is in these questions that she is challenging you to ask for more. To unearth the truth that lies buried within you, and to activate your most powerful catalyst for freedom:

    Your Purpose.

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    The Powerful Woman Pt. I: Her Courage

    The Powerful Woman Pt. I: Her Courage

    The Seven Undeniable Traits of The Powerful Woman: Pt. I

    Who is The Powerful Woman? What traits makes her powerful? Why must she persist? In a world that is simultaneously craving and denying the strength of The Powerful Woman, we need her more than ever. Often, there is a mystique around Power as the word in and of itself has been appropriated and distorted by men to give women a negative, fearful perception around owning Power for herself. This is a series that expounds on The Seven Undeniable Traits of The Powerful Woman.

    The first trait is Courage.

    I. Her Courage

    The Powerful Woman is willing to stand up for what she believes in, what she knows is right in the face of fear, injustice, and cruelty. Her courage often takes up an air of defiance, for in a world that still caters towards patriarchal standards and masculine leadership, the act of standing firm must inevitably appear as such.

    Her courage takes the form of challenging the status quo, of questioning preconceived notions of morality and tradition, for isn’t it these very things that held and continue to hold her sisters back?

    Morality, that which is good or bad, has bifurcated our society into black and white according to the views of men:

    “He is right, and she is wrong.”

    “He is strong, and she is weak.”

    “She is pure, and she is a whore.”

    At what point did we accept his values as truth? Why do so many of us walk through life passively accepting things as they are? Because it is easier.

    It is easy to stay silent.

    It is easy to live in fear.

    It is easy to forsake responsibility.

    It is easy to blame external forces.

    It is easy to turn a blind eye to injustice.

    We live in a world dictated by historically unchallenged power structures that men have created around his ideals, his norms, his beliefs to protect his status. War, Oppression, Hierarchy - this has been his game throughout history and the result is the boundless perpetuation of inequality.

    Furthermore, the insidious effect of these structures are manifested in the subtle ways women are subjugated into silence and powerlessness every single day…

    In her inability to say “No.”

    In her lack of confidence.

    In her fear of being rejected.

    In her need for validation.

    We care so much about pleasing him that we forget that she is the source of life. The most powerful source of all.

    Therefore, it is The Powerful Woman who remembers this, who reminds herself that she has strength in spite of the messages that abound telling her she is not enough, she is weak, she is less than.

    It is The Powerful Woman who has the courage to reject his truth, to question the validity of his morals. She has the will to uphold her own values and uplift the voices of her sisters, even if it means going to the edge. Even if it means walking alone.

    The edge is a terrifying place to be. And that is precisely why we need courage.

    Many women who have gone to the edge before have fallen - out of grace, out of favor, and historically, into her demise.

    So it is with courage that The Powerful Woman must bear the sticks and stones that will inevitably be hurled her way.

    So it is with courage that The Powerful Woman must march on, march on, march on, undeterred, paving the way for a future reality that is as palpable as her own two feet.

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    • 5 min
    A Tribute to Strong Women

    A Tribute to Strong Women

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the ambitious, independent, powerful ladies who are staying true to #HERVOICE, #HERLIFE, #HERPOWER in spite of all the s**t we deal with on a consistent basis.

    To all the strong women - We love you. We admire you. We love watching you kick ass and succeed.

    On this day, I’m taking a moment to recognize how blessed I am to live in this moment in history, in this country, as a woman.

    Some of the most basic things we take for granted were still an uphill battle for women just a few decades ago.

    A brief stroll back in history reveals that women were not allowed to…

    Get a credit card:

    In the 1970s, it was illegal for a single woman to get a credit card from the bank. And even a married woman would need the signature of her husband to open up on account. Talk about the impossibility of achieving financial independence!

    Wear bikinis:

    In the 1920s, many local governments issued standards for women’s bathing suits that prohibited them from showing too much leg on public beaches (too much leg?! Never) with law enforcement patrolling beaches with measuring tape. Women who insisted on wearing something other than an ankle-length potato sack were asked to change; defiant female bathers could be arrested.

    Take birth control:

    In the 1950s, women’s reproductive freedom and her right to decide when and whether to have children were only just beginning to be openly discussed. In 1957, the FDA approved of the birth control pill but only for "severe menstrual distress." Then, a 1965 Supreme Court ruling approved birth control but only for married woman, and #allthesingleladies were still denied the right to use oral contraceptives in 26 states. In 1972, the Supreme Court finally overturned a Massachusetts law that made distributing birth control to singles illegal. #FIGHTFORTHESINGLELADIES

    Work while pregnant:

    Up until 1964, maternity leave was considered permanent. Employers were under no obligation to retain workers who got pregnant, and as many as 40% of businesses took advantage of the lack of laws. Women carrying children didn’t have complete protection and access to benefits until the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed. We love you working mamas!

    Get an Ivy League education:

    As a Yalie, this still pisses me off. Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and the other elites claimed to chose only “the best and the brightest.” Somehow not a single woman qualified. They barred their doors to half the population, not because of inferior IQs, grades or test scores, but simply because of gender. Except for Cornell, the first Ivy didn't admit women until 1977. The reason given? The Ivies would have to lower their standards to admit women. Yes, that was the argument.

    Practice law:

    Even if a woman had gone through all the years of school and passed every test, she could still be denied the right to plead a client’s case until 1971. No wonder the laws have been such b******t. Laws for women can’t change if we don’t actually have women in the courtroom! Side note: watch the RBG Movie, On The Basis of Sex if you haven’t yet. I cried at the end, rewinded it, and cried again, her victory was that moving.

    … There’s much more, but these stood out to me.

    This is all to say, that while there is still a long road ahead, we are blessed! I hope you take time to not only celebrate your friends and family, but also to remember the many women who have come before us who have courageously fought for the progress in equality we have made today.

    When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful - Malala Yousafzai

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