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Teaching my son to “break borders and build bonds” in the age of women

My son Ellis just turned one last month. It’s an exciting time for my husband and me as we get to know our little man and shape the person that he is becoming.

As a mother, I’ve reflected more and more as he grows up on how I can raise a child who understands and takes away from the mission behind UGauGrrl. To, as a boy and eventually a man, recognize the special gifts women and girls bring to the world, be inspired by that and empower them to share those gifts with the world.

I have to admit – it seemed a lot easier to teach this mission if I had had a daughter. Now, I happily accept the challenge of teaching my son what that should mean to him.

I am lucky to have a husband who shares in this journey with me. He grew up with a mom who was self-made in her own right. He had the opportunity to watch his mom realize her gifts and strengths through the way she lives her life and entrepreneurship. Together, it’s just as important to help our son see that example in all the women around him as it is to share with him how he can be just like Dad and be a man that supports them.

The topic of men’s role in the progress of women in our society has been an important one for Gau and me. With all the issues that women face today, from equal pay to the #MeToo movement, we see that we women and girls are not alone in our endeavor. So we’re excited to continually find ways to highlight the role that men play and their specific contributions.

The challenge to raise our sons to recognize that their efforts and involvement are important is not a new one. We are grateful to famous moms like Pink, Mayim Bialik and Eva Longoria, among others, who are raising “feminist sons.” While that sounds like a strong label, in this day and age, it’s simply a phrase that embodies tearing down traditional stereotypes that we’d been taught as boys and girls in the past and including boys in the conversation of gender equality and mutual respect.

I’m excited to share UGauGrrl with my son and see my raising him in this unique way as an opportunity to further my personal journey as a mom and woman.

One of my favorite quotes is “Strong women. May we know them. May we raise them.” Well, that’s the most of the story. Let’s not forget our sons and men in our lives who can help complete it. What are your thoughts? In what ways do you think, as both women and men, parents or not, we can change the definition of a strong boy in today’s society?

Modern Muse | Wonder Woman Thear Suzuki

Thear Suzuki

Our latest Modern Muse is truly a Wonder Woman of today. Mother to four adorable boys, wife, board member of several nonprofits and the advisory managing partner for the Southwest region of Ernst and Young, one of the biggest consulting firms in the country, she shows women and girls that they truly can have it all by tapping into their gifts and living a life of love, passion and grace. Here is her story in her own words.

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Modern Muse | Junior Muse Surabhi Arun

ModernMuse Surabhi Arun

I’m a 6th grader at Murphy Middle School. I’m Secretary of my Student Council and also a member of the Environmental Club. I love caring for the environment and very much believe in recycling. I am in a Girl Scout troop as well and am always looking for a way to help people. I’m also part of an organization called NEHS which stands for the National Elementary Honor Society which empowers its members to do volunteer and charity work. My hobbies are singing, theater, basketball, swimming,cooking/baking and sketching. I love acting and have been in several plays/musicals but on the flip side I am extremely competitive and love sports. At home I LOVE to look online for recipes to try out so I can learn culinary tips as I work. In my free time I like to free draw and sketch nature.

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Meet the Man Behind UGauGrrl

Raul ModernMuse

They say behind every great man is a great woman. We’ve come to realize that sometimes behind a great woman’s movement is a great man!

Raul Gonzalez has been a part of the UGauGrrl team since we started in late 2016. Every image you see has been carefully and lovingly concepted and developed by him.

We wondered: What inspires the man who creates these inspirational designs for women? And how does he feel about being an integral part of a movement that solely focuses on women and girls? Read more

Rent This Now: Battle of the Sexes

Rent This Now: Battle of the Sexes

If you didn’t catch “Battle of the Sexes” in the theater this past fall, then definitely make it a Netflix-and-chill night and watch it On Demand! Even if you don’t follow sports, let alone tennis, we guarantee you’ll find the story of tennis great Billie Jean King super inspiring as a woman or girl. Read more

UGauGrrl Fashion: Looks to Fall For

Fall is one of our favorite seasons at UGauGrrl because that means layers! We’ve put together our best looks for the season with different textures and unexpected looks to rock your UGauGrrl tees. This year, statement tees are everywhere, so grab yours and get inspired by our outfits below!

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#ModernMuse: Social Entrepreneur Nikki Duong Koenig

Modern Muse Nikki Koenig

This week’s Modern Muse Nikki Duong Koenig learned how to sew from her mother at the tender age of seven. Ever since, she has been inspired and motivated to help others through her passions, founding the stylish and socially responsible handbag and accessory company Cykochik Custom Handbags in her SMU dorm room 14 years ago.

According to Nikki, “Cykochik’s vision is to create a more compassionate, sustainable, and happy world for all living beings.” In fact, in 2013, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recognized Cykochik on a global stage with the ‘Compassionate Business Award.’ Fashion and compassion all wrapped into one exciting line!

What we love about Cykochik and Nikki is the dedication to bringing together the creativity of local artists, environmental and animal-friendly materials, craftsmanship and community to a now global social enterprise that has truly made an impact on the world. Check out more of Nikki and Cykochik’s story below!

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#ModernMuse: Soul Seeker Vonda Dyer

Modern Muse Vonda Dyer

As Senior VP of Creative Services for Minerva Consulting, our latest Modern Muse Vonda Dyer helps organizations “get to the heart/DNA of their work and help them expand their influence and messaging through storytelling and integrated communication services.” Even in her spare time, Vonda helps individuals  – singers, artists, fellow church members, family and friends – “find their voice and tell their stories with greater clarity and effectiveness.”

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#ModernMuse: Catching Up with STEM Renegade Mess Wright

Back in December, we highlighted STEM Renegade Mess Wright as one of Modern Muses. She was in the midst of piloting her technology camp programs called Renegades of Code. Last week, we had the pleasure of joining Mess at the official grand opening of her newly reinvented Mess Labs science lab, tinker space and code studio! Read more

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