how it all started

Hi, I'm Gina! I'm the founder of the Badass Women's Book Club.

I’ve always loved reading. When I was in fourth grade, I won an award for having read the most books* of anyone in the whole school. Guess what? I didn’t even know the award WAS A THING. (Which is weird for me because I love competing and winning almost as much as I love reading.) 

I also love telling people what to do. Just ask my husband. And daughter. And brother. And friends. 

Our first meeting!

 But mostly, I love helping people feel good about themselves. In my job, in my coaching and in my personal life I am constantly meeting women who are working to grow their confidence, reinforce their value and promote themselves in an authentic and meaningful way. 

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 badasses (and aspiring badasses!) And Bards Alley said yes. **

I know there are a lot of book clubs for women to join. What makes the Badass Women’s Book Club unique is that we are a community of women eager to read and discuss the stories of badass women – women who have courageously embraced who they are and what they have to offer.

With that goal in mind, I picked the books and I put the word out. And the badass women came. And they told their friends. And then they came back the next month. And they brought friends. And more badass women read about it in the bookstore’s newsletter and they came, too. 

Because you know what?  I think there are a lot of us badass women out there – and we’re looking for our people! 

Let’s grab a book and get to reading! 

 

 *What happened in fourth grade that caused me to engage in nonstop reading?  I discovered Nancy Drew – the first Badass Book Woman I’d ever met.  

My collection from the 1970s along with my Mom's book from the 1940s.

My collection from the 1970s along with my Mom's book from the 1940s.

 

** That’s probably because they have a Badass woman owner and lots of Badass women on staff!

Jen Morrow, Owner of Bards Alley  Photo Courtesy of  Laura Goyer Photography

Jen Morrow, Owner of Bards Alley

Photo Courtesy of Laura Goyer Photography