how it all started


I was on my way home. I had just finished attending a three-day leadership conference to which I had secured one of the limited, coveted seats. The airport was abuzz with people coming and going.

Yet I didn’t feel excited, not as I would have expected following a conference or when heading back home. I should have been feeling completely invigorated but there I was, walking through the busy airport, feeling bitter and disappointed because the conference -which should have been a significant marker in my career - had left me feeling inadequate and unworthy.

 Yep, there in the airport, I was experiencing a severe case of imposter syndrome.

So I was in a surprisingly low place when I passed the gaping bookstore entryway and saw the bright, yellow cover blaring “You Are a Badass!” It was like a magnet drawing me in. It was as if it were speaking to me directly, declaring that I was a badass.

 “Then why aren’t I acting like it?” I asked.

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Needless to say, the book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero boarded the plane with me.

Forty pages later I felt significantly more empowered, more confident and more positive about myself and my abilities. The book didn’t solve all my problems, but it definitely marked a turning point for me.

You see, I’ve spent the better part of my professional life working in industries dominated by women.  And I’ve noticed over the course of my career that I’m not the only one struggling to live my best badass life. Just as my own journey to awareness and empowerment came through the pages of a book , I suspected the same could be true for other women.

I approached my local book store (shout out to Bards Alley in Vienna, Virginia!) and asked if I could start a monthly “Badass Women’s Book Club” for all of us badass women. And Bards Alley said yes.

With that goal in mind, I picked the books and I put the word out. And the badass women came. And they told their badass friends. And then they came back the next month. And they brought more badass friends. 

As the word spread, the online book club community was created. And now we have dozens of women all over the country hosting Badass Women’s Book Club meetings for their badass friends.  And we have thousands of women following along with us online, as we read a new, powerful book every month

Together we are reaffirming the universal truth that women’s stories matter - the stories we read and the stories we write. Join us as we share and celebrate books for, by and about badass women!

Gina Warner, Founder of Badass Women’s Book Club