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An Epic List of 28 Empowering Resources for Millennial Women

Obviously, I spend a lot of time in this space. This Millennial women, female empowerment space. It’s kinda my thing, ya know. So I figured I’d compile a list of some of the best sites, coaches, inspiration and online destinations where I go to power up, get creative, and stay abreast of the wage gap.


The Everygirl

Started by two women, Danielle Moss and Alaina Kaczmarski, this lifestyle digital mag is your go-to for apartment inspiration, life advice, and general do-betterness.

The Everygirl, LLC, is the ultimate online resource helping shape the creative, career-driven woman to experience her life better lived. It is the inspiration to help you achieve your dreams, whatever they may be. Whether it’s how to incorporate a little creativity into your day or motivating you to seek out your dream job, The Everygirl is for you. It is our mission and hope for you to use The Everygirl site to be inspired, but also to take action to become the woman who believed you could, so you did!

The Everygirl Manifesto:
Whether she is searching for her dream job or a new city to call home;
is saving up for a down payment or a trip to Europe;
is learning to cook or speak another language,
she wants a little guidance. She wants to be inspired.

She is The Everygirl.

This is for her.


HelloGiggles is a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering the latest in culture, female empowerment, style, relationships, friendship, careers, and issues that matter most to young women’s lives. A platform for writers and artists to create and share, HelloGiggles welcomes reader contributions and publishes them daily. We were founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi in 2011 as a place on the Internet to inspire a smile. We’re still trying to do just that.

Self Love Beauty

From Lisa Thompson who loves “to help others see their true beauty, empower women to follow their dreams and work with kids.”

Self Love Beauty helps remind women how special they are, to see their true beauty, have self love and feel empowered one story at a time.

The Self-Love Formula

(Couldn’t leave ourselves off this list, duh.)

Media is important. What we read, watch, scroll over and share has an immense effect on our well-being, whether we admit, acknowledge or accept it. And, frankly, we at The Self-Love Formula wanted more. So we started The SLF because we wanted to trust our sources, to read about issues that mattered to us from people that understood us, and to feel good, inspired and respected while doing so. And we wanted to give that to you, too.

The SLF speaks to Gen Y women, understanding the new, nuanced situations that today’s young women encounter in their daily lives when it comes to self-worth, self-expression and self-love, and serves up some much-needed positive reinforcement. Think fresh do’s and don’ts, compassionate confidence and radical clarity in the distinct and entertaining vernacular of a Millennial, essentially making self-love a socially cool concept for younger generations.


Leandra Medine is the fashion blogger who started it all.

man·re·pell·er1  [mahn-ree-peller]


she who outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pantsboyfriend jeansoverallsshoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.

–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.

to commit the act of repelling men:

Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?

Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants, of course.

Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?

*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation took place in this room 5 minutes ago.

2009-10; < repellius (ptp. of repellia to eliminate male attention), equiv. to L repel– (s. of repellixunattractive, celibate, paris fashion week, M.C. Hammer + -repel ler1

My Kind Of Life

Body positivity never looked—or felt—this good.

Emily Nolan is the author of My Kind of She’s also a model and the founder of TOPLESS yoga. #TOPLESSbyemily is a bras-on, bellies-out self-confidence event used as a tool for self-love. This event is about exposing vulnerabilities by practicing radical self-acceptance. Nolan’s effort to share what is real and authentic in media was the catalyst for the #HealthyBellySelfie social media project contributing to the global conversation around body image.

A letter from Emily Nolan:

I’ve modeled at a size 0 and a size 16—I know that happiness doesn’t come from a size, it comes from within. I’ve lived with 10 years of eating disorders and obsessed over fad diets for as long as I could read the cover of a magazine. I’ve struggled with plastic surgery, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Female Athlete Triad. I thought no one could love me just the way that I was, constantly trying to live my life through media’s expectations of what the perfect woman should look like.

With radical honesty, I began sharing my story of my tumultuous journey through body image, figuring that I’d rather be happy at any size, than morbidly unhappy trying to look like a still-life, photoshopped image of a super model. In truth, radical honesty was my first successful attempt at living freely, without judgment for myself, for my size. Being truthful, without shame, is the most important tool in my self-confidence toolkit. I trust in courage, being brave enough to share my story, because it feels divinely correct.

Indie Chicks

From Founder and CEO Chiara Mazzucco, Editor-in-Chief Julie Zantopoulos and Partner and President Chrystal Rose, all lady badasses you should know

Being an Indie Chick means being self-empowered, driven, independent, and confident. It means paving your own path, stopping at nothing to make your dreams come true, and knowing your inner badass is there to tap into whenever you need her. There’s no right way to live, no right career path to choose, and no specific way you need to look. When you’re an Indie Chick, you are constantly striving to become the best version of yourself, and nothing more. We want you happy, healthy, confident and ready to conquer the world.

The Indie Chicks, Inc. is so much more than a self empowerment magazine – it’s a lifestyle. We aim to develop and empower the woman’s sense of self and help guide her toward embracing her inner badass in every aspect of her life. No matter who you are or what you do in life, the life of a woman is the same as the next. The moment you wake up, you’re you. But within seconds, a thousand hats are thrown your way and you instantaneously become someone’s wife, someone’s mother, someone’s colleague or sister or friend… And before you know it, that sense of self gets lost in the chaos.


Doesn’t get any better than a woman using her public platform as a way to foster a culture of women supporting women. Thanks, Alex Wehrley.

With her #empowerista brand, Alex writes and speaks for organizations and media platforms about women supporting other women, body positivity, women in media, connecting to your purpose and building confidence. She also volunteers her time as a career coach for Dress for Success, helping disadvantaged women become employed.

Female Collective

Creator Candace reels started Female Collective as an Instagram destination for empowering inspiration.

The Female Collective is about celebrating women; because us women are beautiful, powerful beings that can achieve anything we set our mind to! I truly believe in women empowering, uplifting, and supporting each other; because together we can conquer the world and do amazing things #girlpower! We have only just begun to crack the surface of our possibilities. So follow along our journey as we continue to celebrate, empower, uplift, and support women (also make you laugh a little bit).



A networking and members site that’s helping you help minimize gender disparity in business.

We believe women are awesome.

We believe the research is clear that companies and the economy perform better when they fully engage women. We believe women are still an under-tapped resource in the business world and in society at large – and that it’s time to change that.

We believe that networking and lifelong learning are keys to business success. And we believe that by providing these capabilities, by working with companies and investors to help them see the opportunity, and by truly investing in women – we can be an active and positive part of that change.

Ellevate is a global professional women’s network dedicated to these beliefs and to the economic engagement of women worldwide. The most expansive and diverse network of its kind, our community is made up of successful, motivated and passionate professional women from various industries and walks of life with one common belief: that investing in themselves and in other women is good business.

Levo League

A social and career network that cares about you and gets what you’re going through.

Levo arms you with the tools to develop your talent, build connections with peers, mentors, and jobs, and stay inspired day in and day out as you grow and develop. We believe you can create a life you’re passionate about.

Marie Forleo

When you want to “create a business and life you love,” tune in to Marie TV for weekly episode on how to do anything you’ve ever wanted. Seriously.

My goal is to add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by giving you tools that you can immediately use to improve your business and life.

I’m part business strategist, part marketing maven and part spiritual ass-kicker with a side of hip-hop swagger.

I believe you must bring your whole self to the business table if you want to thrive in today’s game. That includes your personality, your spirituality and most importantly your sense of humor.


As they explain, “Amanda Steinberg launched DailyWorth in 2009 to bring a fresh voice and an outsider’s perspective to personal finance.”

DailyWorth is every woman’s guide to money, career, and business.

Our goal is that all women see money not as a source of stress and anxiety, but as one of freedom and empowerment. Investing doesn’t have to be complicated. Saving is not selfish. And spending doesn’t have to be accompanied by guilt. That’s DailyWorth’s promise.

We take a broader approach to your money — exploring all areas of career, ambition, identity, relationships, and future security. We make money accessible by putting it in context and bringing you expert opinions from a variety of voices — from certified financial planners to money coaches to women who just lived through it. We’re here to keep it simple and tell it like it is.

She Is Fierce!

Founder Kelly Youngs community of Fierce is a portal ripe with real “femspiration” for the entrepreneurial, professional and aspiring women who want to know how to go after what they want in their careers and lives.

She Is Fierce! is an online resource for women with contributors from around the world, the Fierce Talks Speaker Series, and a growing Leap of Fierce! membership community.

On our site, you’ll find articles written from Fierce Women around the world, who all have one thing in common… They believe in empowering women. We are dedicated to celebrating women around the world living out their dreams and making a difference in the lives of those around them.

Femme & Fortune

Ring the Alam! It’s another great resource for you Philly-based ladies.

Created from the idea of bringing together the creative female community in and around the Greater Philadelphia area, Femme & Fortune has grown to cover women and topics on a national level. Founder and Editor-In-Chief Melissa Alam believes that through education, empowerment and unity, Femme & Fortune can represent a new movement for modern, ambitious women to live by. With focuses that range from career advice to dating tips to technology trends, Femme & Fortune is paving the way for all women to be their best asset, both on a personal and professional level.


Meet Nicole Booz, co-founder of the need-to-know resource, GenTwenty, a site dedicated to, well, you. And you. And yes, you and you. Basically all you’s in your 20s who could use a little help along the way [raises hand].

You’ll learn so much through real insights from real twenty-somethings who have experienced and gone through the exact same things.

Just like you, we have laid in bed awake for hours asking ourselves “What happens next?!”

We’re figuring out the passions that fuel us, when to take the long road and when it’s better to take a shortcut. We’ve gone to grad school and are pursuing doctorates, we shared an apartment with the world’s worst roommates… and survived, we even stepped far out of our comfort zone and ended up with a broken leg. But it all worked out in the end.

Our tried and true advice about growing up and navigating the real world will help you define your goals, figure out what your next move will be, and have fun along the way.

Career Contessa

Call on the Career Contessa, otherwise known as Lauren McGoodwin, founder of the site that’s all for “honest conversations about work and life.”

Here at Career Contessa we believe in sharing inspiration, of course, but we also advocate sharing authentic information and actionable direction for the real woman. Not the woman whose life seems to be perfectly Pinterest-curated (does that woman really exist, honestly?), but the woman like you—and the woman like us.

Our mission at Career Contessa? To encourage and facilitate honest conversations, by and for real women, about work and life—helping you achieve fulfillment in both.

That Working Girl

From Lindsay Shoemake. Lindsay is on her game. She is not only a recognized expert in her field, but is also a blogging success. Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager by day, founder of That Working Girl by night, she helps brands establish an impactful presence and delivers sharp career advice.

That Working Girl is the destination career-lifestyle haven for ambitious women working in the PR, media and creative industries.

Chelsea Krost

The Zuckerberg of Millennial experts. Her weekly #MillennialChat draws Millenials and Millennial experts from every corner of the internet to shed some light on our generation’s specific concerns and offer solutions. You’ll learn a ton. She’s also an inspiration-and-a-HALF herself.

Chelsea Krost is an accomplished speaker, published author, television and radio talk-show host, Executive Producer, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Chelsea is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of MPulse. Her newest project, MPulse, is Digital Marketing Agency that specializes in creating content to target the Millennial generation.


Kayla Hollatz

Branding specialist and side-hustling success Kayla Hollatz teaches you how to be a thought-leading creative business owner.

Hi, I’m Kayla Hollatz, a passionate community coach with a fierce love for writing and creativity. 

Through actionable blog content and authentic storytelling, I help connect you with what works online to help you build a sustainable, organic community that elevates your brand.

With my background in public relations, branding, social media, and content marketing, I know I can help take you from launch pad to take-off.

Together, we will be a dream team.

Katie Corcoran

She will legit become your insta-friend because she is just that cool (and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without her).

Hi I’m Katie. I am a Lifestyle Coach & New {smiling} Supportive Friend.

My Goal? To teach you how to be the CEO of YOU, to empower you discover your own version of THRIVINGing every day.  To remind you that YOU have the power to control your own life. 

I strive to “DO IT ALL” and gain fulfillment from Lady Hustlin’ & working my buns off, too. But, I have learned what maintaining balance and freedom mean for me to ensure #IThriveToday.

I help you do the same. 

Emily Cassel

A bright, beautiful women’s leadership coach, inside and out.

I help visionary women embody a new paradigm of feminine leadership, embrace their inner power, and rise through sisterhood.

I believe our work is an extension of our souls and that our true purpose in life is to be as fully alive as possible. This means recognizing that we are much more limitless than the confines of our physical world and human bodies. Our magic and our power lives within our willingness to do the work to contribute to our souls’ unveiling.

The Lovely It Girl, Michela Aramini

At The Lovely It Girl, Michela is redefining what it means to be an It Girl, forsaking partying for purpose, image for integrity, and labels for self-love.

The Lovely It Girl is a boutique personal brand consultancy in New York dedicated to inspiring and empowering you to become the bold, beautiful, brilliant It Girl you were born to be. Our consulting services and online courses are designed to help you clarify and communicate your “It” through your bespoke personal brand strategy. As your It Girl mentor, The Lovely It Girl will help you style a personal and professional life you love infused with passion, purpose and prowess.


The Lovely It Girl wants it all, does it all, and has it all.
She is bold, beautiful, and brilliant.
She is fearless, feminine, and fabulous.
She is confident, committed, and connected.
She believes in progress not perfection.
She believes in turning her passion, purpose and prowess into her profession.
She believes in love, and she’s in love with life.

The Lovely It Girl is the girl you were born to be.
She is your true self, waiting to be set free.
She is your key to “having it all:” a life you truly love styled to fit your “It.”


Become the It Girl you were born to be.



Quite possibly one of the originals, now in digital format. All the feminist lifestyle, personal essay, and culture news that’s fit to post, from Jane Pratt, founder of Sassy and Jane mags. is where women go to be their unabashed selves, and where their unabashed selves are applauded — regardless of age, size, ability, location, occupation, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, relationship status, sexual preferences or lifestyle choices. This is not the place to find out how to please your spouse, mom, kids or boss. This is the place to find and indulge in a confluence of voices — yours and so many others.

We are not snarky. We are inclusive and encouraging. Like Sassy and Jane before it, is written and created by an entirely devoted community of women (and some token males) who have strong ideas, identities and opinions, who are living what they are writing about. This is a nonjudgemental platform where honesty trumps all.


Sarcastic, feminist news and opinion on culture.

Lenny Letter

Feminism, style, health, politics, friendship, and everything else from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner at

Huffington Post Women

A woman’s take on news, relationships, sex, work, culture, friends, family, body image and other things that matter.


Videos. All the videos. So many videos about women being like a BOSS, doing amazing things, affecting change, inspiring and more.

MAKERS is the largest collection of women’s stories ever assembled. Launched in 2012 by AOL, MAKERS is a women’s leadership platform that encompasses broadcast documentaries, web and mobile-first video content, and live events. Today, features over 3,000 videos and the stories of more than 300 women.

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