Have you found your "and" yet?


Why ladybadassery?

This entire idea started with questions.

When I read articles about inspiring women, why did it seem like the same women were showing up in every single article? Looking around I saw women everywhere doing amazing things, why were they not getting the recognition and attention?  

To me, they were all ladybadasses. 

And then I thought: As we all have the potential to be a ladybadass, not only could I highlight some but also inspire others to be a ladybadass. So I started to share, every day. I committed to sharing inspiring quotes, highlighting women and generally reminding my network that we all have a little ladybadass inside us every day for 100 days. I was also interested to see how people would react. The reaction was wonderful. People sent me notes almost daily expressing how much they enjoyed the project, how it lifted their day, how they were inspired.

And so a movement began. A movement to celebrate and inspire ladybadassery.


what is a ladybadass? 

While having brunch with one of my favorite people the other day, I learned that her husband is a frequent participant in improv classes. My initial reaction? I laughed. Now don’t get me wrong; I think her husband is brilliant and hilarious, but improv is not on the list of things I’d expect him to do. Honestly, I was impressed with his open-mindedness and willingness to do something a little unusual.

She’s living in the world of AND.

So what is this world I’m talking about? It’s the world of the future.

Think about how we talk about ourselves when we talk about what we do. It used to be that we were one job: a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, a farmer, a technician, a programmer. Now we live in a world where there’s a thing called a “slash” job. For example, you can be a nurse / uber driver.

Think about the evolution of the family. I learned that in discussions of gender we should add the word “plus” to the LBGTQIA letters with the assumption that there will be another letter, we’re just not aware of it yet. That’s an AND statement if I ever heard it.

I was also embroiled in the word “and” the other day when I was asked to write what constituted a “ladybadass.” What I came to realize was that it was the combination of the two words “lady” AND “badass” that manifested the women I was highlighting. To me, Ladybadasses are both:

  • Strong AND gentle

  • Bold AND cautious

  • Harsh AND empathetic

  • Unbreakable AND delicate

  • Hard AND soft

  • Fearless AND afraid

  • Steadfast AND inclusionary


where can I learn more?