So Much Love for No-Longer-Strangers

It's been three months since the launch of Lady Guns Global and each day I don't believe my heart can swell with any more love for a no-longer-stranger and then in comes another nomination introducing me to yet another incredible woman making a difference in the life she's chosen for herself.

In celebration, I'd like to share with you some of the lovely things from lady guns and supporters that I've heard over the last few months and encourage you to continue to live a fulfilling life, inspire others around you and recognize the women you know deserve the title "Lady Gun."

Praise for Lady Guns:

This kind of community was clearly so needed. It feels so comforting to be surrounded by strong and beautiful women and to know that our generation is supporting and celebrating each other in new and true ways. It makes my heart full to think that when I am old and gray, I’ll be lifted up by a family of choice of interesting, diverse, beautiful women who I met along the way.
— Cortney Ahern
Lady Guns Global is a great resource for inspiration, wisdom, a strong feminine perspective, and learning about the wide range of industries and endeavors that women are involved in.
— Eva Deitch
I love the idea of celebrating women who inspire us. It was such a treat to think about the folks who deserve to be honored, pick one and write about her.
— Shana Ross
I commend you for what you’re doing here. Women empowerment is essential, as there are still many inequalities we are fighting and I think what you’re doing is a big part of that movement!
— Dr. Yon Chong
Your blog is very necessary and it truly oozes positivity and love. I love the name and am a firm believer of building up women and not competing against other women.
— Amhalise Morgan
I greatly admire what you have created: women supporting women to step into their power by owning what they do and what visions they hold dear. The paradigm is shifting and women are stepping into their right as lease holders to their power. I can’t think of a more pressing time (the suffragette movement?) for women to celebrate their inseparable connection with one another and all life forms. It is necessary for the survival of our species. So right on Lady Guns Global for making this a mission.
— Maria Cutrona
I absolutely LOVE this - I always believed that women should celebrate each other more. Well done, you!! What an extraordinary way for women to encourage and support other women.
— Dana Ferguson
I love that you nailed down a name for this phenomenon and feel blessed to be considered one!
— Sarah Teeple

Thank you all for your tremendous support in this requisite time of growth. Cheers to all of the lady guns who have made this site what it is and to those of you we have yet to officially welcome to the community! I look forward to meeting you all.

Raydene Salinas, Founder

An Inspiring First Week

This is a thank you note to YOU. It's been just over a week since Lady Guns Global launched and we have read about 12 incredible women, all with inspiring things to say about their lives, careers and those they admire.

Nominations have come in from current lady guns and those who found Lady Guns Global on their own. I know that I've created this space for a reason when I get an email signed, "Thanks for letting me voice how much I appreciate [my friend.]" I can't wait to read more of your nominations -- they make my heart soar!

@LadyGunsGlobal social following is growing and there's been such amazing feedback all around. Please continue to follow @ladyguns on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates on the newest lady guns.

Let Lady Guns Global help you recognize the women in your life by sending over an email or using the Nominate! page. Thank you for all of your support so far. Here's to growing together and inspiring one another!

Show us your #LadyGuns!

Raydene Salinas, Founder

 

Lady Guns Global Launch

Today is the day! The official launch of Lady Guns, fittingly on International Women's Day (March 8) 2015.

Lady Guns is a new platform, recognizing talented, driven women from across the globe, working in a variety of fields with diverse backgrounds and experiences. It was launched by me, Raydene Salinas, with the support of more than 30 of the Lady Guns in my life.

This idea had been brewing for a long time before today's launch; with no name, platform or fully formed ideas of any kind, just the want to recognize the women in my life. I knew that the ladies in my life were talented, powerful, kind, and humble individuals, but nothing could have prepared me for some of the responses I got to very standard questions.

"What do you do for love?" and "Who is a lady you admire/consider a mentor?" were the two questions which the responses floored me. In some cases, I felt like I didn't know the woman who I've known for years, thinking, "How could you not tell me that you volunteer regularly at a home for mentally disabled or orphaned children? You should shout that from the rooftops. But not to worry, I WILL!" After hearing numerous other examples like this one, I knew that this was exactly what I needed to be doing.

So, here you are world, the first group of Lady Guns who deserve your applause! Please show your support for the lady guns in your life and nominate them to be featured on our site.

Annji Mandersheid, Emily Shornick, Abbie Klenzman, Julee Wilson Wareham, Angela Denae

Annji Mandersheid, Emily Shornick, Abbie Klenzman, Julee Wilson Wareham, Angela Denae

Other info you should know:

Definition: lady gun | ˈlādē gən | (noun, informal): an important or powerful woman who has inspired another, with or without knowing that she has : My mother has been a lady gun since before I was born.

Photo: Eric T. White

Photo: Eric T. White

Share with us the women you want to recognize as lady guns and we'll work with you to feature them on our site. Find Lady Guns Global all over social media and email us with nominations and questions at ladygunsglobal[at]gmail.com. We look forward to hear from you soon!

Show us your #LadyGuns!

Raydene Salinas, Founder