Girls Who Rock: Jenn Rykert

cover art ep 1600x1600Jenn Rykert is one awesome lady making waves in the music biz! Not only is she an inspiring singer/songwriter, but she is a serious women’s advocate whose songs exude female empowerment. Check out “The Weaker Sex”– the glorious and unapologetic anthem about “being a girl”. We loved this pop-rock and passionate song so much we had to know more! Check out our exclusive interview with Jenn below!

Tell us about your journey into music. Was there a certain event that sparked your creativity in music, or was it something you identified with all along?

Creating music has always been part of my life; although I didn’t acknowledge or accept it until recently. I never called myself an ‘artist’ or a ‘musician’ and would often laugh when people called me that. Not until I released my 1st 6-song EP last fall did I begin to actually respond out loud when people asked what I did, “I am a musician. I am a singer a songwriter. I am a performer”. I guess releasing my recordings made it feel official or something. As a child I would spend hours writing lyrics, making up melodies and recording them on my little tape player, and then “perform” them for hours on my coffee table stage. I remember a babysitter showing me how she wrote down all the words to the songs she loved. That’s when I fell in love with the process of actually writing out words. I have an affinity for handwritten words – it’s one of the most beautiful art forms to me.

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Meet Ashley Pasquan from Adam Rabbit

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You started your company, Adam Rabbit with $40 in your pocket and are now killin it in the jewelry scene. Can you tell us how you got started, what inspired you to start your own company?

I have always had the desire to make and sell things. When I was a kid I would go door to door attempting to sell soap that I made with a craft kit. I also tried my hand at writing a neighborhood gossip magazine, that one didn’t go over too well.  A few years ago I decided I wanted to be really good at something. I taught myself to sew. I wasn’t really good at it and started to realize why my jr, high home economics teacher gave me the only D that has ever made it on to a transcript of mine. Through sewing, I discovered I actually liked making jewelry to go with the dresses more. That day I found the $40 in my purse seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally start making and selling the jewelry I wanted to buy myself, but couldn’t find in the places I was shopping.

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Meet Takeallah from Burning Bra Birth Services

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I met Takeallah about a year ago through the feminist community and have really enjoyed following her professional and personal journey as a business owner. I think the work she is doing at Burning Bra Services is much needed and extremely fascinating so I had to sit down with her and ask her more about her passion, motivation, and what she has learned along the way. Here is what I found out!

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Female Founder Spotlight: Jess Peterson

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Jess Peterson is one of my favorite NYC ladies and we are super excited that this summer she launched a creative agency for female entrepreneurs called Mighty Oak. Jess not only helps grow your brand and business through her team of creatives, but she even hosts events for new bosses in a speaker/networking event called Hatch. I sat down with Jess and asked her about her new business, some advice for ladies interested in entering the entrepreneur game and why she is motivated by the startup scene powered by women.

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Meet Crafty Contraceptives

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Chelsea Wagner
Founder, Crafty Contraceptives

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I’m a visual artist and designer with a penchant for sarcasm and one-liner jokes.  A lot of my work has a tongue-in-cheekness to it.  I have some roots in activism and what I quickly realized when I first entered that world was that no one likes to be told what they should or shouldn’t be doing.  So I started incorporating things I care about into my art work as well as a focus on whimsy and play.  I really like to get people to drop their guard and get silly.  I think that’s the best way to start a conversation about something serious.

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Female Founder Spotlight: Blogger Ashley Gabriel

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Ashley Gabriel
Founder, To Covet And Bestow

Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey but always had the itch to become independent and see more than New Jersey/New York City. At 18, midway through my freshman year of college in NJ, I applied and enrolled to college in Florida and told my my mom I was leaving. It was a crash course in adult life being so far from home, having my own apartment, working, going to school full time and completing two internships. After college graduation (I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism) I moved back to start working in New York. I was lucky enough to get a job at Avon where I stayed for five years and had roles in several sides of the business. When they were downsizing, I was let go and I was devastated, but I felt like everything happens for a reason. I wanted to see the West Coast and work out there. Ironically, Avon asked me back twice but I applied to a job at Sephora, got accepted, packed my bags and left. I spent a year out there, but I didn’t feel fulfilled and wanted quality of life over quantity. I moved back last November, started writing a book, launched a blog, began a spiritual journey to become who I truly was and have never been happier.

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Female Founder Spotlight: Mallorie from SmartGlamour

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mallorie_footerMallorie Carrington, 26, New York City
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SmartGlamour is a body positivity based clothing line of fashionable, affordable basics – offered in a full range of sizes from XXS-3X – where every piece can be customized to a customers wants and needs. We stress positive self image and wellness for women and aim to empower women by putting the control back in their hands. They can make their clothing whatever they need it to be. This, in turn, helps rid them of the negative emotional reactions they may have had towards shopping and body image in the past.

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Female Founder Spotlight: Tracy from Kalaki Riot

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New York City
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Kalaki Riot is a handmade jewelry line based in New York City. Our designs are carefully crafted by hand using traditional methods of wax carving, various fabrication techniques, and unique findings that we discover or source. Created to reflect a more thoughtful and easy way of living, it is our hope that our pieces empower women everywhere to celebrate themselves, their passions, and the life they want to live.

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Female Founder Spotlight: AWEAR

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Tell us who you are and what you do.

I’m Kestrel Jenkins, 29, from San Diego, CA founder of AWEAR.

What is AWEAR?

AWEAR is a project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who made them. With the high speed chase that fashion has become in today’s culture, AWEAR intends to help us all refresh our style in a community-oriented way, where we can help each other along the journey. AWEAR is a community of mindful consumers and stylish change makers.

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