Friends and Family.
Together, we have watched this year unfold with disbelief, anger, and sometimes horror. And throughout it all, we’ve seen women’s rights unravelled; endemic micro-aggressions, harassment and worse revealed; the systemic, institutional discrimination women face in the workplace clearer than it's ever been in my lifetime.
The gift of this unforgettable year is the activism and the determination it has unleashed in so many of us.
So instead of getting angry at the latest headline, drinking too much vodka after a micro-aggression, or wanting to punch the internet, will you consider becoming an 'League of BadAss Women Donor' by contributing to the League of Badass Women as we run a first, rapid fire "family and friends round"? Your donation will be tax-deductible (in the USA).
Or perhaps you could make a donation in someone else's name (insert mischief) as a 'League of Badass Women Donor' ?! We will send them a thank-you note, of course!
The League is a 2-year old network of women around the world dedicated to championing women in the workplace & disrupting the workplace with a new definition of leadership. It started as a 2 a.m epiphany that led to the creation of a single facebook page, and has gone onto become a rapidly growing (secret) Facebook group, city chapters, a newly minted New Venture Fund project with a board and a Steering Committee of incredible women from around the world, staffed by a small part-time team & lots of volunteers.
Amazingly (and overwhelmingly!) membership of the League is now over 10K around the world, and climbing every week with zero marketing, all referrals! We have 22 city chapters around the world, and we regularly host Badass local events, dinners and meet-up's where we've had up anywhere from 6 to 80 women attend different events.
Yup. It’s. Been. A. Crazy. Adventure.
Around the world, there are women who know they don't fit the architecture. These women are not defined by age, nationality or status, sexuality, religion, ability or privilege - they are united in being deeply unsatisfied with the status quo and they want to create something better, different, disruptive.
Those women are our members. And the League is here to serve them and to help them unleash their true power.
Women that are part of the League tell us "I came for the network, I stayed for the sisterhood". They tell us "I left that event feeling so powerful, and strong, and that I now had a community of women at my back". Others tell us "I go to the League for resources, tools, and help in finding my voice in this debate. It's given me the tools to advocate for myself and others". And then we've seen women meet up in different cities and create new ventures together.
The League is an invite-only membership, to enable safe, vulnerable conversations. If you would like to nominate a woman for the league, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's call it what it is: the dominant workplace architecture of today is built upon a 1950's model built by men, for men. That model favors the white, heterosexual man. The degree to which you are not a white, heterosexual man, with someone willing to do unpaid work in the home, is the degree to which the workplace doesn't fit you.
We don't believe that model suits anyone very well any longer.
Women that 'make it' in this dominant architecture often sacrifice parts of themselves to do so, with far more of us hitting glass ceilings, glass cliffs or taking a different path. Too often women are taught that the few roles at the top require competing with other women to get to them, or conforming with stereotypical archetypes of leadership to get to the top, which either rules them out, or has them lose their authenticity. And even then, all the research to date says that if the architecture continues with incremental changes only, it will take 100 years for women to reach parity in the workplace.
Well, screw that, we're not waiting. Don't ask us to lean into the system, we think the system needs a revolution.
To challenge today's architecture of the workplace, while creating a new one that works for everyone.
The mission of the League of Badass Women is to connect and empower communities of women to support each other, to rewrite the rules of leadership, and disrupt the world of work for good.
Our vision is that ambitious: by 2025 female leadership is recognized in the mainstream as an asset to the world and the new definition of “great leadership.”
After holding 2 strategic retreats, listening tours and experimenting, we're ready to start to build the next stage of the League.
But we can’t do it on volunteer-power alone. We need to raise some capital, so that we can prototype our solutions and programs, pay a small core team of women for their incredible work, and power up our online and offline communities.
This is what your tax-deductible donation will help us to deliver:
1. Your donation will help us to build a prototype of a marketplace of wisdom-sharing between women around the world.
Women want mentorship from each other on how to find their voice, speak out, speak up, lead authentically, and change the architecture. Other women have experience and want to help. We want to create cohorts of women sharing their wisdom with each other around the world. It's a new alternative approach to "mentorship", an e-harmony of wisdom to support women navigating today’s workplace and designing the future workplace.
2. Your donation will help us fund our first academic research and commission new writing on a redefining of “Leadership” and the potential that women’s ‘power’ has to catalyse innovation and growth worldwide. We have a network of amazing women writers eager to bring original content into the world in writing, podcasting and other mediums.
We are connecting in with academics to find ways to stimulate new research that can help us to explore further our hypothesis, that the time is right for a new definition of leadership, and a new workplace architecture.
3. Your donation will help us provide hands-on (online and offline) community support for our "Girls Club" for women.
We want to power up the 22 city chapters around the world and help them to meet up, compare notes, create networks of power, share job opportunities, board seats and start businesses together. We want to provide a better digital platform for the work and the communities.
All funds will go directly to the League of Badass Women via the Purpose Lab at the New Venture Fund. All donations are tax-deductible, and will be deployed into work to serve the members of the League.
We're not going to wait 100 years for equity in today's workplace.
Let's support women as they join forces across the world to speak up, speak out, support each other, and design the new workplace that works for all, today.
Please help us to unlock our next steps in this amazing adventure by donating whatever you can.
Please help us spread the word by sharing with your networks.
Join us in creating the future.