VIRAGO MANIFESTO

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YOU ARE A VIRAGO!

Who are we as women when we stand up—courageous, powerful, and passionate? Who are we when we speak truth to power, embrace our authenticity, and our vulnerability? How can we put a word to the feeling, the power, and the energy that wants to be expressed through us in the world today?  

That word is Virago.

In ancient Rome, women of high character who were commanding, courageous, wise, and moral earned the title of “Virago.” 

Over time, the meaning of the word transformed into a derogatory term to demean “aggressive, abrasive, spiteful” women. 

It is time for women to claim back Virago and polish it to a high shine with the female beauty and power resonating today. Instead of modifying male terms and phrases - strong woman, female warrior – we can simply declare ourselves Viragos.  

Viragos come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Be it soft-spoken or shouted from the rooftops, we can all be Viragos. 

Let us use Virago to channel our pride, our strength, and our power. We are leaders who are ambitious, determined, compassionate, and most importantly, connected. We come together, standing shoulder to shoulder, to harness our collective energy to manifest our power and our intent. This is not a battle to overcome or an effort to dominate anyone. This is the opportunity to bring feminine wisdom, strength, and equity to the world. 

“WE COME IN PEACE, BUT WE MEAN BUSINESS.”

- Janelle Monae