Femininity

Kirsten Green had only dabbled in investing in start-ups before she began a venture capital fund in 2012. What she had instead was years of experience covering the retail business as an analyst on Wall Street.  So Ms. Green, 45, parlayed that retail knowledge into her venture capital endeavors and used it to bring specialized advice to her companies.  “Now that people are bombarded with information, we are in a golden age where brands matter,” Ms. Green said.  We agree and love cheering for #GirlsWithGuts who pursue their passion, especially when they “hit the jackpot” – read more here.

PC:Fast Company: A VC’s Formula for Picking Winners Like Birchbox, Warby Parker, and Other Brands You Love.

Fashion

We can hardly contain our enthusiasm for Spring!   We have been busy at JLEW Bags preparing to roll out the SS17 collection.  According to Marie Clare, from powder pink to Pepto Bismol, if there’s one color you need on your radar next season it’s pink.  When the Parisian triptych of Céline, Givenchy and Chanel decree it the shade of the summer, you’d better believe it.  JLEW Bags agrees and our summer collection will not disappoint.   Stay tuned!

Fitness

We are SO excited to cheer for @teamwonderwomen in Season 2 of NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Race Team Challenge this June!   Talk about #GirlsWithGuts . . . four pole valuters plus one Spartan Pro have combined forces to compete for a $250,000 grand prize!   We have had the pleasure of getting to know one of the racers, Amy Linnen (bottom right of below photo), and can’t cheer loudly enough for this amazing woman . . . and not just because she’s such a rad surfer and talented artist.  Her nickname #freedomtower says it all — she was born and raised in New York, is tall and oh so strong, free spirited and does NOT give up when faced with adversity.

Flair

When Barbara Buttrick started boxing in the late 1940s, women in the sport were regarded on a par with gamblers and prostitutes. However, the 4’11” Mighty Atom’s career took her from the fairgrounds of Yorkshire to the boxing rings of the United States and – ultimately – the world title.

“I was trying to get a soccer team together and there weren’t very many girls that would play soccer in those days, I’m talking about the 1940s,” the 87-year-old grandmother said.  “One day I read an article about a woman that travelled with boxing booths and I cut the article out and said I’m going to try it.”  Thanks to this gutsy girl, women’s boxing is getting more exposure, but there’s still a long way to go.  Read more here.

PC: BBC, Barbara Buttrick who said in a 1950’s interview: “Girls aren’t the delicate flowers they used to be.”