100 Best Women's Empowerment Website Awards 2013
These websites reveal a strong commitment to empowering the feminine in the world. Their missions align with our philosophy and inspired us to share their work with you! The list below is not in a particular order. We believe that each of these different endeavors, be they in the realms of business, body-image, or family – support and motivate feminine power and deserve some commendatory recognition. They’re all ranked highly in our eyes!
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1. Dooce – Heather B. Armstrong lives in Salt Lake City with family. She is a professional blogger, it’s what she does, and her life story is incredible. Some might call this a mom-blog but it’s all about life – and we don’t think we should sell it short. It’s always inspiring when you discover someone who’s lived hard and deep. Definitely worth a look.
2. 27 Months Without Peanutbutter – Documents the personal encounters and experiences of Maggie Close, a peace corps volunteer who has been working with teenage girls in Jordan since 2011. It’s a very simple blog, but the stories of these young women are not only awe-inspiring but also provides a healthy dose of perspective and gratitude.
3. The Every Girl – The Everygirl is an online resource for the creative and career-driven woman who wants to live her best life. The founders of Everygirl, Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss, promise to bring their readers real stories from real successful women, to ask the questions everyone wants to ask but never does, and to always, always be budget-friendly.
4. 85 Broads – 85 Broads is a global network of 30K trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected worldwide. The “founding” 85 were the women of Goldman Sachs; now they’ve expanded its membership to include women who are alumnae and students of the world’s leading colleges, universities, and graduate schools worldwide.
5. Awakening Woman – Awakening Women is a powerful community of women who meet online and in-person to support one another as they practice true feminine and spiritual awakening. Chameli Ardagh founded the community and continues to inspire women to intentionally bring peace and happiness to all beings.
6. Alisa Vitti – Alisa Vitti is the creator of Womancode, a system that helps your hormones start working for you and not against you. Her practice, FLOliving, provides personalized nutrition care for women who struggle with menstural issues, fertility challenges, and low libido.
7. About Face – About-Face Media equips women and girls with tools to understand the harmful effects media messages can have on their body. In-depth, multi-session, media-literacy and body-image programs that deepen students’ understanding of media messages and encourage action-taking. About-Face was founded by Kathy Bruin in 1995 in San Francisco.
8. The Beauty Bean – Concerned with women’s magazines obsession with weight loss and body image, Beauty Bean is devoted to inner beauty without dieting tips and tricks. DIY beauty regimens are incredible! “You are Beautiful – pass it on…”
9. BlogHer – BlogHer brings together women bloggers and publishes their material on food, family, style, sex, health, entertainment and more. It is a social publishing platform, a research hub, and a group that puts on really great in-person conferences.
10. The Body Image Project – The Body Image Project encourages women and girls of all ages to share their experiences and feelings about their own body image perceptions. Reading through the blog posts is a good reminder that we are not alone in our personal thoughts or fears.
11. Carmen Marshall – Carmen Marshall believes that you can have time for health, wealth, and time for what matters most to you. Carmen is a gifted health coach, business mentor, trainer, speaker, and author who helps women create lives that they absolutely love.
12. Claudia Chan – Claudia Chan wants women to dream big, recognize their abilities, rid any bad habits, and plan to reach their unlimited potential in all aspects of their lives.
13. Dames Bond – For six years now, Dames Bond was been helping women connect with the resources, and marketing needed to thrive and prosper in their businesses. They describe themselves as the first, all-female, professional organization purposefully designed to connect business women with consumers and vice versa: “When Dames Bond, Dames Thrive…”
14. Eat the Damn Cake – Kate Fridkis is a writer, blogger, professional singer, positive body image advocate — and she loves to eat cake. Her posts are down-to-earth and fun to read, plus each posts include an “un-roast” which is something that Kate likes about how she looks that day.
15. Engender Health – Engender Health is a leading global women’s health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival. Their shared stories and videos are absolutely incredible.
16. Empowering Girls & Women – Marina DelVecchio is an author and college instructor who is committed to making space for feminist discourse. Her blog covers topics ranging from sex discrimination, women in the workplace, violence against women, and women’s literature (be sure to check-out her reading list).
17. Geek Feminism – The Geek Feminism blog is a place for discussion and support for women in “geek” communities, including technology, gaming, and science communities. The blog covers feminist topics, geek topics, and everything in between.
18. Girl’s Gone Child – Rebecca Woolf’s GGC has been featured in the The New York Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Angeleno and NPR. can also be found at Momversation.com She’s also the author of Rockabye: From Wild to Child (Seal Press, 2008). Not just any Mom-Blog – there’s fashion, politics and sparkle power, care of her three daughters (and an amazing son). Definitely worth checking out.
19. Girls Just Wanna Have Funds – Girls Just Wanna Have Funds explores money management basics, debt reduction, budgeting and other personal finance issues, specific to women.
20. Girl With Curves – Tanesha Awasthi is a style influencer who wants to inspire the curvy community to be confident in their bodies and to have fun with fashion. Her blog, Girl with Curves, proves that style is about so much more than size.
21. Go Kaleo — Technically a blog, but Amber Rogers has been a voice and advocate for women’s bodies and fitness in a unique and inspiring way. Her private Facebook group: Eat The Food is an inspiration. Maybe the journey to health isn’t about what we weigh but how to live the life we desire and finally understanding how life needs good fuel.
22. Happy Black Woman – Rosetta Thurman is an author, speaker, mentor, coach, and “extreme encourager”. She writes the blog, Happy Black Woman, to connect with other women with big goals, beautiful dreams, and a desire to live a life full of freedom and happiness.
23. Hello Giggles – Founded by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel, producer Sophia Rossi and writer/Internet Sensation Molly McAleer – welcome to the ultimate entertainment destination for smart, independent and creative females.
24. Hello Ladies – Written at the intersection of feminism and life, Hello Ladies discusses work, politics, parenting, news and shoes. “Hello Ladies, this site is for you.”
25. Hey Shenee – Shenee Howard works with woman entrepreneurs who want to go from having an idea for a great business to actually having a great business that makes money. She’s an expert in branding, which means she helps women do the stuff that actually brings in business.
26. Hardy Girls, Healthy Women – Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a non-profit organization with the vision of all girls and women experiencing equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. Their work is committed to creating a more equitable culture and to making our current society a safe place to be a girl.
27. Jade Beall – Jade Beall is a photographer who creates “medicinal photography” that helps people feel good. Her site is full of photos of women of all ages and in all different life stages being comfortable and confident in their bodies.
28. Jessica Valenti – One of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian – Jessica is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture. Her third book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Award and was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation.
29. Jonathan Isaac Robinson – Dr. Jonathon Isaac Robinson specializes in health promotion and human behavior, with a particular interest in why people do what they do and don’t do what they don’t do. Dr. Robinson’s blog touches on a range of topics such as Health At Every Size, health in the workplace, food phobias, and disordered eating.
30. Sex Love Liberation– Ev`Yan Whitney writes Sex Love Liberation for women who are identify with being bold at heart, a sex goddesses, artistically expressive, freethinkers, pleasure-seekers, and budding feminists. Ev’Yan has created a truly safe place for self-discovery, exploration, and love.
31. Middle Finger Project – TMF project was founded by Ash Ambirge, the go-to creative director for businesses + brands who want PERSONALITY. (Oh, and money. Money is nice.) Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine for her marketing shenanigans, to writing for celebrities like Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings and the Demi + Ashton Foundation, she gets around. She’s served as Director of PR for everyone’s favorite email marketing company, AWeber, and takes pride in having once written the world’s most shameless Seinfeld teaser commercials for the FOX Network.
32. Nie Nie Dialogues – Stephanie Nielsen has been blogging since 2005 about her family, her relationship with her husband, her faith, her struggles and her blessings. In 2008, Stephanie survived a plane crash that burned 80% of her body and since has had a better idea of what is truly important in life.
33. Our Bodies, Ourselves – Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, is a global nonprofit, public interest organization based in Cambridge, Mass. OBOS promotes accurate, evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality, and addresses the social, economic and political conditions that affect health care access and quality of care.
34. She Takes On the World – Natalie MacNeil has made She Takes on the World one of the top blogs for career-minded women and women entrepreneurs. One of the reasons Natalie writes this blog is to encourage more women to take leadership roles in companies, organizations, and the government — and to change the world!
35. She’s the First – She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in developing nations helping the girls be the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. The girls are given tools for learning and for becoming the leaders who will eventually change the world for the better.
36. The Way of the Happy Woman – Sara Avant Stover is a yogini, inspirational speaker, teacher, mentor, and author of the best-selling book The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life.
37. The Wild Sisterhood Magazine – Jen Saunders is a writer, painter, and empowerment artist who is passionate about inspiring women to love themselves, follow their hearts and change the world. Her writing has been featured on popular websites such as Tiny Buddha, Kind Over Matter, Roots Of She, and many more. Her first guest contribution to Tiny Buddha was so popular, her story was also featured in the bestselling Tiny Buddha book.
38. Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood -Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood, founded in 1989 by Vajra Ma is a women’s mystery school and Priestess lineage based in subtle body energetics,whose core practice is the devotional moving meditation, TANTRIC DANCE OF FEMININE POWER.
39. Women’s Media Center – The Women’s Media Center—founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem—has the goal of making women visible and powerful in the media.The Women’s Media Center shows you what you don’t see.
40. Voices at W4 – VOICES is a forum for raising awareness and sharing insights about the living conditions and prospects of girls and women today. Through interviews, articles, commentaries and testimonies, VOICES highlights initiatives that are helping to improve the lives of girls and women around the world. Everyone concerned about girls’ and women’s empowerment is invited to read and/or share his/her perspective on VOICES.
41. Already Pretty – Sally McGraw is a writer, blogger, personal style consultant, and postive body-image advocate. Sally’s blog, Already Pretty, is full of information about the latest fashion and beauty trends that are body positive and that also help you recognize your own beauty.
42. Mama Gena’s Womanly Arts – Regena Thomashauer or Mama Gena is a teacher, author, mother, and researcher who studies the nature of pleasure. Mama Gena shares what she learns about pleasure through online and in-person events with the intention of helping women maximize their power, passion, enthusiasm and creativity.
43. Project Eve – Meridith Dennes and Kim Oksenberg started Project Eve in order to encourage women in business to invest in one another. Project Eve is a progressive platform that connects working women and provides an environment for safe and supportive mentoring and networking.
44. Embody Love Movement – The Embody Love Movement was started by Melody Moore, a Clinical Psychologist, yoga instructor, author, and activist. This incredibly powerful and much needed movement reminds us that we are all already purposeful, meaningful, and beautiful.
45. Dishing with Your Daughter – Karen Schachter is a social worker, holistic health and eating psychology coach, and mom of two. She works to help mom and daugthers experience pleasure, nourishment and good health in their relationships with food, with their bodies and with each other.
46. 8 Women Dream – Everyday on 8WomenDream one of eight accomplished women tell inspiring stories that encourage other women to dream big dreams. Some of the blog posts are full of useful advice while other posts are bursting with humor.
47. Gala Darling – Gala Darling originally intended her blog to be a fashion blog, but over the years it has become a space for her to teach women how to fall in love with themselves. She gives tips and provides motivation for embarking on on your own radical self love journey.
48. Operation Beautiful – Operation Beautiful wants to end negative self-talk, especially toxic “Fat-Talk”, for good. Instead of listening to a continuous soundtrack of negative self-talk messages, individuals are encouraged to write and read positive messages such as “Beauty doesn’t come in a size.”
49. Flourish over 50 – Susan Tolles equps women over the age of 50 with the tools they need to flourish and to create the life they desire. She wants women to believe that they can have a healthy body, mind, and spirit during the second half of lives.
50. Sylvia’s Blog For Women Entrepreneurs – Sylvia Browder uplifts women entrepreneurs through her work and writing. Sylvia’s blog not only covers the necessary business topics of finances, customer service, marketing and PR, but also includes discussions on self-care, spirituality, and beauty.
51. Danielle Dowling – Danielle Dowling is a life coach who wants women to access their power and to achieve their personal and professional goals. She writes motivating posts that encourage women to not only think about their dreams, but to make them happen.
52. Leonie Dawson – Leonie Dawson is a self help author, artist, CEO, and self-descried hippie with a style all her own. She founded an incredibly popular business and life training course that helps women make transformations that affect their personal, professional and soul-life.
53. The F Bomb – The F Bomb is an online community of young feminists who are passionate about their rights as women. The dialogue on this site promotes self and social awareness about issues such as gender equality and violence against women. 54.
54. Nourishing Our Radiance – Nourishing Radiance is charged with the incredible mission of inspiring women to transform their relationships to nourishment through compassionate mind-body awareness, healing foods, and restorative self-care. They help women achieve this mission by offering a thoughtful blog, online workshops, and one-on-one support.
55. Rachel W. Cole – Rachel Cole provides the space for women to discover what it means to live a well-fed life. This space is available in the form of a one-on-one coaching sessions, transformative retreats, and a thoughtful blog that encourages self-reflection on the question “what am I truly hungry for?”.
56. Balanced Beings with Katie B. – Katie Bressack has a passion for empowering women to make themselves and their health a priority. Her work focuses on helping women discover how good they can feel when they eat well, take time for self-care, and incorporate mindful practices into their daily lives.
57. Roots of She – Jenn Gibson is a life coach and writer who shares her own stories and encourages readers of her blog, Roots of She, to do the same. Her blog covers a variety of topics centered the theme “that no matter what you’re facing, you are not alone.”
58. Tend – Tend is a lifestyle parenting blog that covers what to make for dinner for a hungry family of four to how to plan a birthday for a 5 year old to how to successfully take a relaxing family vacation to how to get some important mom time.
59. Danielle La Porte – Danielle LaPorte is a well-known expert on the topics of desire, spirituality, creativity, business, and relationships. Her site is refreshing to visit as it is full of new ideas for women ready to find out what they really want the most in life and then helps them actually go for it!
60. Kate Northrup – Kate Northrup gives grounded advice to women who are looking for financial freedom. Her approach helps women feel more in control of their finances, as well as encouraging them to actually find pleasure and trust in the decisions they make about money.
61. Daphne Rose Kingma – Daphne Rose Kingma is a best selling author and relationship expert who works with clients one-on-one and facilitates workshops to large and small groups. Daphne’s work has been described as transformational, life changing and healing for the heart.
62. Marie Forleo – Marie Forleo is a business strategist, marketing expert, best selling author, creator of the award-winning MarieTV, and founder of B-school — a very successful online training for women business owners. Marie truly is a multi-passion entrepreneur and inspires other women to be one too.
63. Nisha Moodley – Nisha Moodley works with women who have plans to make a difference in the world by choosing the freedom of running their own business. Nisha is the business coach who helps women give and live big.
64. Diane Israel – Diane Israel is a psychotherapist specializing in body image and eating struggles and a professor of transpersonal psychology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Diane produced the award-winning film, Beauty Mark, in order to tell the story of what our race to physical perfection is really costing us.
65. Nicole Daedone – Nicole Daedone is speaker, author, and expert on female orgasm, relationships, and communication. Central to her work is encouraging a new dialogue about orgasm — a dialogue that is necessary, relevant, and, most importantly, real.
66. The Whole Daily – Alice Nicholls is a health coach and mentor to “wellpreneurs” with a background working as a social media, marketing, and technology professional. Alice’s clients can be assured that they will be healthier, happier, and focused towards what is really important in life after working with her.
67. Susun Weed – Susun Weed is an incredibly knowledgeable herbalist and widely read author of reproductive and sexual health books Susun teaches students and trains apprentices in the fields of herbal medicine, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, psychology of healing, ecoherbalism, nutrition, and women’s health issues.
68. Danielle Cornelius – Dr. Danielle Cornelius is a women’s health chiropractic physician that focuses on holistic pelvis care. Her job is to take the time to listen to bodies and to provide therapeutic touch which will help bodies heal.
69. Wild Woman’s Wolf-Pack – Anne Michelsen created the blog Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack to help celebrate, inspire, and connect creative women all over the world. The writings on the blog encourage women to find their own voice and to share it.
70. Soule Mama – Amanda Blake-Soule has five children and lives in a farmhouse in Western Maine. She writes about their work, trips to the lake, creative family projects, moments of peace, and the chaos and craziness that naturally comes with a family of seven. Amanda’s blog, Soule Mama, has inspired a number of books and a quarterly, ad-free print magazine.
71. Redefining Body Image – Redefining Body Image is helping to redefine how we think and talk about body image, size, fat, health, fitness, wellness, discrimination and stigma. They strive to make a safe space where everyone feels comfortable to share words, thought, and art about body acceptance.
72. Threadbare – Mimi Thi Nguyen and Minh-Ha T. Pham discuss fashion and beauty in terms of politics, aesthetics, histories, theories, cultures and subcultures on their blog Threadbare. There is academic and thought provoking dialogue about how clothes and bodies can be used as entry point to talk about the world.
73. Kale & Chocolate – Elise Museles is an Eating Psychology & Nutrition Expert based in Washington, DC. A self-proclaimed “recovering perfectionist,” Elise shows women how to loosen the reins, bend the rules, and experience true satisfaction. (Not to mention: hot bodies, full lives & happy hearts.) Meet Elise & discover a new kind of “perfect”.
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