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Wonder Woman: Beauty, Brains & Brawn

Last weekend we saw the best opening ever for a film directed by a woman – and we couldn’t be more excited! “Wonder Woman” was not only a long overdue project, it was really a breath of fresh air as far as the superhero genre goes. It was inspiring, empowering and is definitely making an impact in so many ways.

If you check Rotten Tomatoes religiously like I do, then you knew that the critics already had a lot of positive things to say about this film. From the casting to the script to the epic scenery, the list of accolades could go on and on.

But what was really compelling about “Wonder Woman” was its balance of action and the female spirit that anyone can appreciate. Our heroine, portrayed by the gorgeous Gal Gardot, exemplified the message behind one of our favorite UGauGrrl shirts, “Beauty, Brains and Brawn.” She showed physical as well as inner strength, compassion and a level of elegance that commanded respect.

Was the success of this movie because people have been waiting so long for another comic book-based film featuring a woman? Is it because the director is a woman? Or is it because it’s Wonder Woman, who we all wanted to be growing up?

Yes, yes and yes! And so much more. When you watch the movie, you’ll see that everything just came together perfectly to provide a film that makes women proud, entertains like heck and brings respect to female directors and superheroes alike.

We could tell you the plot, but I highly suggest that you just grab anyone and everyone you know, not just the girls, to enjoy this epic movie. We are so proud that this has all the makings of going down in film history for audiences to enjoy years and years from now as a new classic. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page!

#ModernMuse: Renaissance Woman Laura Burford

Modern Muse Laura Burford

Few people are able to balance well a multitude of passions with their everyday responsibilities. Laura Burford from Richardson, Texas, is one such Modern Muse whom we call a modern-day Renaissance woman. Mother, wife, entrepreneur and actress, this lady proves that sharing your gifts and inspiring others can come in many forms and even from one person at any age!

Here is her story in her own words.

“As an entrepreneur, I am proudly partnered with Shaklee Corporation. We are the number one natural nutrition company in North America and a global leader in our industry. For 60 years, and we have been known for the purity and potency of our products, our integrity, and innovation.

“In my Shaklee business, I guide others to improve their physical health and also, for those who choose to join our team, I mentor them in creating an income while crafting lives of meaning and purpose.

“As entrepreneurs, we offer women a vehicle for achieving their own goals of financial stability rather than being a cog in a corporate wheel. Our team is supportive of one another’s growth – inspiring each other to reach higher to achieve whatever dreams we have imagined.

“I also work as a freelance actor. I have taught acting and voice for the stage, co-founded a theatre company, and performed in several original one-person shows portraying notable women of arts and letters.”

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#ModernMuse: Change Champion Jesse Ihde

Modern Muse Jesse Ihde

Trade Last Founder Jesse Ihde is no stranger to what we here at UGauGrrl stand for. In fact, her organization, which works with nonprofits, conscious companies, activists, churches, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and leaders who desire to live a life for the sake of others, is all about inspiring, empowering and making and impact through those whose life revolves around our very mission!

Here is her story in her own words.

“The definition of the word Trade Last is to share with a person the affirming words you’ve heard about them from others, to give away a compliment.

“Here at Trade Last, we want to turn a mirror back onto you or your organization so you can find your center, define your core and move forward towards success that is meaningful. We want to be the wind at your back that gives you the courage, confidence and clarity you need to change the world.

 

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#ModernMuse: Gender Wage Gap Advocate Jacqueline Twillie

ModernMuse Jacqueline Twillie

Jacqueline Twillie is the Founder and CEO of ZeroGap and also the best-selling author of Navigating The Career Jungle : A Guide for Young Professionals. Her focus on the gender wage gap and empowering women is one that we just had to let her tell herself. You can see immediately why she is this Monday’s Modern Muse!

“A few years ago I learned about the gender wage gap through an the Levo League. I was in disbelief, but, after researching and learning the wage gap was real, I got ticked off and decided to do something about it. That’s when I began studying the science and techniques of negotiation up to three hours a day. Later, I began teaching negotiation workshops, and I knew I was on the right track with my life. I just couldn’t shut up about the wage gap and women needing to speak up and ask for what they are worth.

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Happy International Women’s Day! My Tribute to You

Happy International Women's Day! My Tribute to You

In honor of International Women’s Day, we pay tribute to the essence of womanhood. To all those beautiful ladies out there who have a dream, keep working at it and never ever give up. To all my sisters who are facing serious hardships, you are not alone, your fight is important. You are an inspiration to us all. To the younger females, speak up, assert yourself and know that you are valuable. You can achieve anything you set your mind and heart to. Read more

#ModernMuse: “Power Broker” Carmin MacMillan

Modern Muse Carmin MacMillan
When you think “power broker,” you probably think politics or economics. But when we talk about Carmin MacMillan and her work as Executive Director of the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield, Texas, power broker takes on a whole new meaning.
Carmin builds strategies and leads a team that is committed to helping their neighbors who are experiencing financial hardship. With the help of the Wesley Mission Center, families work through their financial crises so that they can move ahead in their financial future. Coaching, employment help and supportive social networks are the tools to making this happen.
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#ModernMuse: Mother-Philanthropist-Activist Akilah S. Wallace

ModernMuse Akilah S Wallace

Dallas-ite Akilah S. Wallace has not one, not two, but three jobs. As Director of Development for Faith in Texas, this powerhouse leads fundraising efforts by connecting people and other vital resources to support multi-faith-based community organizing, addressing social justice issues to protect vulnerable communities including low and moderate income families, the formerly incarcerated/rehabilitated, undocumented immigrants, and black and Muslim people. In 2013, she founded Distinguished Ones: A Philanthropic Initiative “seeking to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of Philanthropists of Color” throughout North Texas. But perhaps her biggest, and best, job is mother of two boys, whom she strives to be an example for of giving and perseverance. #UGauGrrl

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“Hidden Figures” No More – Celebrating Diversity and Grrl Power

If you’re in the mood for an empowering movie that is as inspiring as it is impactful, then put Hidden Figures at the top of your list. Gau and I recently made a night of it and were wowed by not only the story but also how the important themes of gender equality and race relations unfolded in this absolutely true story.

Warning: A few spoilers ahead…read at your own risk. ☺

The Synopsis
Hidden Figures is the untold story of three African American women whose contributions helped NASA launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The event put the U.S. firmly ahead in the Space Race and was no easy feat. Only the greatest minds in the country were involved. Read more

#ModernMuse: Survivor Grace Lozada

ModernMuse Grace Lozada

This week’s Modern Muse Grace Lozada, who hails from Los Angeles, California, is 46 years old – and proud to proclaim it. The wisdom she has gained throughout the course of her life is definitely something to celebrate with every year that passes. After enduring a childhood with an alcoholic mother, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and single motherhood on welfare, Grace found solace, strength and escape through her writing and photography. Starting from an early age, she literally wrote in her sleep.

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