Sophia Amoruso’s Badass Lessons To Success

Sophia Amoruso is one of those women you know well or you’ve never heard of. If you know her, it’s because you’ve been inspired by her story, read her book or shop at Nasty Gal. If you don’t know her, it’s about time you learned. At 32, Amoruso finds herself above Beyonce on Forbes’ annual […]

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Glennon Doyle Melton’s Lessons From A Mental Hospital

Glennon Doyle Melton began her online writing career in 2009, with the creation of her blog, Momastery. The funny, conversational and tell-all nature of her writing quickly gained popularity. Viral blog posts beginning with “2011 Lesson #2: Don’t Carpe Diem” led to the publication of her memoir, Carry On, Warrior and the growth of her […]

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Cheryl Strayed’s Best Advice From “Dear Sugar” Column

While most know Cheryl Strayed from her popular novel turned movie featuring Reese Witherspoon, Wild, few know of Strayed’s advice column “Dear Sugar” featured on The Rumpus. She began writing the column in March 2010, when the column’s originator Steve Almond asked her to take over for him. She wrote the column anonymously until February […]

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Ayn Rand’s Lessons on Life and Motivation

Ayn Rand was a novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. Born in Russia, she moved to America at the age of 26. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. In it, Rand advocated […]

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Elizabeth Wurtzel On Depression, Women and Life

While attending Harvard, Elizabeth Wurtzel was diagnosed with atypical depression and was one of the first people to be given Prozac. At the age of 26 she became famous for her memoir, Prozac Nation, a seminal and frank account of her battle with depression. According to Diana Bruk, “The book was lauded for its vivid […]

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Susan Sontag’s Badass Graduation Speech

From her 1983 commencement speech at Wellesley College…. This is my first commencement, and I think it’s a wonderful college to be having it. I liked hearing a woman chaplain give in invocation; I admire your distinguished and extraordinary President; and I agree heartily with the content of the two speeches, especially their upfront feminist […]

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Helen Mirren Responds Like A Badass To Sexist Interviewer

In 1975, Helen Mirren sat through an interview that would most likely not be allowed to go live today. Possibly one of the most sexist interviews of all time, Mirren handles the interview with the ultimate poise and (cough, cough) balls. In the interview, Parkinson challenges Mirren’s status as “in quotes, a serious actress.” This after he introduced Mirren […]

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