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the keds hand-book for women
Issue two: Progress
Progress comes in so many forms. It doesn’t look the same for any two people, and it certainly isn’t linear. Progress is about taking lessons from our past and moving forward. In fact, looking back at our history is what inspired us to (re)create this handbook.
The Keds Hand-book for Women is a modernization of The Keds Hand-book for Girls series published in the early 1910s-20s. But instead of offering up advice on how to fish or play basketball, we’re giving women the chance to tell their own stories in their own words to show the world that there is no “one” or “right” way to be. It’s not just a handbook—it’s a movement and a platform to encourage women to be their true selves, whatever that means to them. Something Keds has stood for over 100 years.
Progress is changing norms
An eye-opening chat with Risa Santoso, Harvard Graduate School of Education alumna and Indonesia’s youngest university chancellor.
Progress is providing second opportunities
Johana Bahamón, Colombian actress, entrepreneur, and founder of the Foundation Acción Interna, on advocating for prisoners’ rights and the importance of giving people second opportunities.
MADE FOR WOMEN
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Progress is moving forward
Comedian, writer, and performer Bethany Van Delft shares her new normal while under quarantine with her family.
Progress is sisterhood
A conversation with The Allbright co-founders Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones on the power of sisterhood and how fast-tracking their digital platform kept their community connected during a global pandemic.
Progress is sharing your story
Rose Aksornsawang on being a young director, forging connections through film, and the importance of telling your personal story.
Progress is pivoting
Kendra and Krista, sister singing duo Tigirlily, on how they broke into the music industry.
Progress is standing up for what's right
Khloe Thompson, founder of Khloe Kares, shares how she is helping her community and empowering young people to do the same.
Progress is community building
GRLSWIRL, an all-female skate sisterhood, on finding like-minded women to share their love of skateboarding with.
Progress is changing the conversation
Jordan Reeves, Co-Founder of the non-profit Born Just Right. One of 4 founding members of the STEAM squad, a group of girls who work together to get kids involved in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Progress is finding your passion
InStyle's Fashion and Beauty editor-at-large, Kahlana Barfield Brown, on finding your passion both inside and outside the office.
Progress is being community-focused
Christina Fagan Pardy, founder of Sh*t That I Knit, on using her platform to support artisans.
Progress is stagnant
Michelle Dalzon, founder of theBOM (Black-Owned Market) on increasing circulation of the Black dollar.
Power is leading by example
One of our favorite collaborators, Joy Cho, on finding the power to pursue professional passions while juggling the roles of wife and mother.
Power is owning my colors
A Q&A with Justina Blakeney, founder of Jungalow and our collab partner, on finding power in the refusal to be washed out and how she keeps it real.
Power is voting
Mandana is an entrepreneur, activist, attorney, mother, and founder of I am a voter, a public awareness campaign that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement.
Power is building community
Pamy Rangel was constantly fighting against the strict mold her society was trying to force her into. We talked with her about building her own community and the decision to start her own Magazine.
Power is having a female perspective
Holly Curtis, Keds Vice President of product, on the power of pushing forward the legacy of a made-for-women footwear brand.
Power is being a fearless self-advocate
Morgan Louise, NYC fashion model, on her journey toward finding confidence and how she nailed her dream job through self-advocacy.
Power is owning your struggles
An original piece by The Bee & The Fox founder and our stellar collab partner, Ashley Hooper, on the power of rediscovering oneself after a messy breakup.
Power is overcoming fears
Marilaura Lopez, founder of Silencio AC, on how she found the power to bring music to fellow hard-of-hearing people in Mexico.
Power is knowing your worth
Tips on empowering yourself financially, from certified financial planner, Jenna Rogers.
Power is being unapologetically me
Rebekah Bruesehoff, 13-year-old transgender activist, shares her powerful story of living her truth and finding confidence in being herself.
Power is creativity
Freelance illustrator and fan artist, Maria Rola, on her relationship with power through creation.
Power is the freedom to choose
Minnie Luong, founder of Chi Kitchen Kimchi,on embracing the freedom to do what she loves most.
Power is writing my own narrative
An original piece by storyteller and mother Jessica Latshaw on overcoming grief through writing and finding the power to persevere.
Power is being both and neither
An exclusive Q&A with Alya Mooro, British-Egyptian journalist and author of The Greater Freedom, about combatting stereotypes and finding power in being undefinable.
Power is collaboration
A chat with the fierce women of Influencing in Color - Nikki, Shay, Meghan, and Brandy - on how they've found power through pursuing shared goals.
Power is unassuming
Lola Mosanya, go-getter and journalist, on how she pulled off the ultimate act of independence.
Power is saying “yes”
Katie Kelleher, crane operator, gives an inside look at her journey from consultancy to construction and how her courage to say “yes” gave her more power than she imagined.
Power is love
Nina Westbrook, marriage and family therapist, talks about forgetting perfection, embracing the chaos, and the power of unconditional love.
Power is mentorship
Deborah Metts, boss and friend, demonstrates the power of using your position to lift others up.
Power is taking control of your life
Rashida Zagon, self-made photographer, talks about how she the found the power to transform her hobby into a full-blown career.
Power is representation
Alana Mayo, head of production and development at production company Outlier Society, speaks about the importance of using your own power to lift others up.
Power is within us
An exclusive Q&A with Meena Harris, founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, about activism, motherhood, and paying it forward.
Power is my unwavering truth
Aija Mayrock, poet and writer, performs an original power poem about finding truth and strength in her journey to womanhood through writing and poetry.