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 14

2 MONTHS PREGNANT, SHE AGREED TO ADOPT 5 CHILDREN SHE HAD NEVER MET

  There is much to be said about someone who helps someone else. There is more to be said of someone who helps someone else for an extended amount of time. There is much much more to be said of someone who helps five other people and not for a moment, but for a lifetime. […]

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.

February 19

Mental Health Counselor Uses Personal Experience to Rebuild Healthy Relationships with Food

Kelly Ulmer, a 27-year-old registered mental health counseling intern, spends her days helping others recover from eating disorders. She knows the draining experience all too well. She too fell victim to the hold to the psychological strain of the illness. But, luckily, she had help.