Category Archives: The Struggle

April 30

In her words: raising a Muslim daughter in America

Editor’s note: I first met Ranna Abduljawad while on assignment for Reveal, a public radio show from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The show’s producers wanted to find out how the Muslim American community was reacting to the recent presidential election, and what they expected from the new administration. Ranna and her family were wonderful ambassadors, […]

April 22

This is How You Treat Women Professionally

Here is a simple list of how you should treat women in the workplace. You’re welcome.

April 02

The Talk (About Sexual Harassment and Assault)

Editor’s Note: To continue with last week’s theme of self-defense and preparedness, we’re sharing the story of  Renaissance Woman reader and psychotherapist Lisa Wolcott. The summer I was 13, I was sexually assaulted in a hotel lobby. My little sister sat in the booth across from me as we colored. The hotel clerk, who’d chatted […]

March 26

We are not the damsels: Self-defense training as therapy

We as women are totally and completely able to defend ourselves in the world, we just have to realize our power. I’m definitely waking up to mine.

March 19

Before & After

Before and after weight loss pictures have always irked me. And for multiple reasons.

March 06

Meet Livia Ledbetter, our 2017 Renaissance Woman Scholar!

We are proud to welcome #bosslady Livia Ledbetter into the Renaissance Woman fold! Livia is a sophomore sociology major at the University of Florida and the recipient of our 2017 scholarship. While we received some excellent applications, Livia’s stood out to us for a variety of reasons–not least among them her thoughtfulness and sensitivity to women’s issues. […]

February 26

9 months pregnant, looking back on an abortion

My unintentional pregnancy has taken me a long time to talk about it to anyone outside of my partner or dear friends. It is not an easy thing to discuss, as the topic is incredibly politicized and divisive. However I believe that we need to dig in, have these discussions and realize that many assumptions made about abortions are incorrect.