It’s been said that a woman’s place is in the house, and to that we can only say… hell yes it is! As we consider the possibility that our next President and White House occupant may very well be a woman, it feels like we’re one step closer to that day mothers across America can finally look their daughters in the eye and tell them they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up—and, for the first time, actually mean it. From the White House to the field house, taphouse to powerhouse, we found 8 women who are changing the game as leaders in traditionally male dominated fields. Whether they are educators, engineers, brewmasters, or ballers, like Hillary, these women are smashing stereotypes and redefining what it means for a woman to rule the house.

CHOPHOUSE: NAOMI POMEROY
CHEF & OWNER OF BEAST, AUTHOR & OPRAH’S 10 WOMEN ON THE RISE

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“Food has taught me that sometimes people need to be pushed outside their comfort zone to discover something new and exciting. Taking chances is what innovation is all about. Opening Beast was a huge risk—I had never been a chef before and I went into it kind of licking my wounds from some past failures. I never thought we would make it 3 months, but here we are 9 years later still having a blast, thriving, and even launching my own cookbook.”

FIELDHOUSE: BRITTNEY GRINER & SUE BIRD
BALLERS, WNBA CHAMPIONS & BEST IN THE GAME

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BG: “The best career advice I’ve been given is to never take a play off. Play every play like it’s your last one, even if it’s in practice. I just want to be the best I can be. I don’t want anyone to ever say that I didn’t live up to my full potential, I want to be the best I can.”

SB: “I started out doing what I do because I loved it. Ever since I was a kid I was a straight-up tomboy so sports came naturally to me. Basketball eventually stuck out as the one that I wanted to pursue long term and it was always out of love for the game. Now what motivates me is knowing I can leave a legacy—both as a player and as a person.”

TAPHOUSE: NATALIE BALDWIN
BREWMASTER AT BURNSIDE BREWING, BIOCHEMIST & PILSNER PRO

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“I want to make f*cking great beer and be the best brewer I can be. A friend once told me to be open when I don’t know the answer and not be afraid to ask questions. I’ve had a lot of doors open simply because I was transparent about the fact that I’m still learning.”

POWERHOUSE: MIRA KWON GRACIA
WEIGHTLIFTER, RECORD HOLDER, & OWNER AT INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH GYM

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“I train everyday because to me it’s oxygen. It fuels me because of everything I’ve been able to accomplish as a result of overcoming what first seemed impossible. The confidence I’ve gained from weightlifting is uncontainable and magical. 3 years ago, I quit my 9 to 5 corporate job to open my own gym because I want to share my experience with every woman out there.”

POT HOUSE: MEGHAN WALSTATTER
GROWER, DISPENSARY OWNER & MARIJUANA LOBBYIST

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“After college, my mom wanted me to find a dependable job with good benefits but that never felt like the right fit for me. Instead, I decided to invest my time, money, and energy into the cannabis industry. It’s been like a roller coaster but so worth the risk—I mean, in how many jobs can you say that you’re helping heal people and changing history at the same time?”

SCHOOLHOUSE: SHANNON MCCLURE
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT METROPOLITAN LEARNING CENTER, EDUCATOR & ACTIVIST

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“My work ethic definitely comes from a strong black family history of setting a high bar for personal excellence, reaching that goal, and setting a new goal even higher. My dad worked hard all his life but he never forgot to act with compassion and love as he strove for excellence—I’ve got a legacy to live up to. After two years of little sleep, I finally obtained my administrator license and doubled my salary. It was hard work but the best risk I ever took.”

HOUSE IN PROGRESS: GINA COPLON
ENGINEER, LEED CERTIFIED & ADVENTURE SEEKER

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“Rather than take a corporate job after college, I travelled around the world by myself for six months. It taught me how to struggle, learn, and thrive outside my comfort zone. One of the best things I’ve learned is that your gut is right 99% of the time. In the event you end up in the wrong 1%, you can always make a change then.”

SHOW THE WORLD THAT A WOMAN’S PLACE IS RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW AND SHOP WILDFANGS LUMINARY COLLECTION RIGHT NOW

Article by Annie Vieira

Photography by Andrea Corradini

Special shout out to the next generation of ballers, Maddie Naro and Eboni Clay!

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