Calling all Jezebels

Spring 2024: On March 26, the Supreme Court heard arguments that sought to limit access to a widely used drug for medication abortions, reshape health care policy,  and undermine the FDA’s regulation processes.

The following day, the nation also heard Women’s Marchers from across the country say unequivocally that partisan and politicized SCOTUS rulings on abortion are illegitimate. No matter the outcome of this sham case, medication abortion will remain accessible to all who seek it. At 11am, Women’s March activists, including senior leadership, were arrested while exercising their First Amendment rights to let the politicized Supreme Court know that, no matter what their decision is, we will make sure that medication abortion will be available to anyone who needs it.

At InkandescentWomen magazine, we hope to raise the voice of women everywhere. We are proud to support the mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.

The strategic framework of the Women’s March includes: 

PROMOTING FEMINIST ECONOMIESWe seek an economic system that values the rights and contributions of all, and that supports safety and dignity for everyone. These feminist values prioritize stewardship and caregiving, and the just distribution of collective resources.  We’re taking on the Billionaire Boys Club, and fighting for a wealth tax to begin reversing the grotesque hoarding of wealth that should be used to fund solutions. We’re working with Women’s Marchers all around the country to envision what feminist budgets might look like in different local communities, and to translate those visions into concrete policy wins. And we’re fighting for concrete measures like student debt abolition, paid parental leave, and an increased minimum wage that will bring us closer to a democratic economy that supports all women.

REIMAGINING DEMOCRACY: We need a democracy that works for all, in which everyone can participate fully. The opponents of multi-racial democracy have shown they are willing to use any means, from partisan gerrymandering and racist voter suppression to insurrectionary violence to promote minority rule. We will continue to work with great urgency to counteract these authoritarian power grabs, which threaten fundamental rights and freedoms, including our power to control our own bodies. Even as we fight to end the filibuster, defend voting rights and reproductive freedom, and promote equal rights for all, we are working to rethink democracy from the ground up, exploring visions for what a government and political system rooted in feminist values might be. To us, reimagining democracy also means modeling and practicing just and right relationships with our partners and within movement spaces.

ENDING WHITE SUPREMACY: To build a multi-racial feminist future rooted in values of justice, we must reduce the death grip that white supremacy has on hundreds of millions of people, including many white women. We also know that white supremacist ideology is fueled by patriarchy and misogyny, whether its agendas of reproductive control or open celebration of extreme violence against women. Women’s Marchers are taking this work on directly in their communities, guided by women of color leadership and supported through trainings, resources, and political education. We’ve been mobilizing Women’s Marchers to fight disinformation online through our innovative, data-driven Digital Defenders program. We are working to reach out one-on-one to individuals who are susceptible to, or immersed in, the extreme-right disinformation underlying the spread of white supremacist ideology.

Click here to become a part of the Revolution: womensmarch.com

Noa Tishby sheds light on: “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth”

October 2023: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — When I published the Fall 2023 issue of Inkandescent Women featuring female activists, I had no idea that a war would break out in the Middle East on Oct. 7. As a woman proud of my Jewish heritage, it is not the politics of this disaster that I am focused on. It is the devastation of the lives caught in the crossfire.

Early news reports explained: “Israel is reeling from an attack carried about by Hamas that has left more than 900 Israelis dead and more than 100 captured.”

In the week since more horrifying events have erupted:

  • Israeli troops, including “infantry and armored forces,” carried out local raids in the Gaza Strip to eliminate the terror threat and try to locate hostages, the Israel Defense Forces said Friday.
  • Israel has maintained its bombardment of Gaza in response to Hamas’ attacks that killed more than 1,300 people on October 7. It also has amassed more than 300,000 reservists along its southern border ahead of a potential ground incursion.
  • Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is deepening with warnings people are at risk of starvation. According to the Palestinian health ministry, nearly 1,800 people have been killed in Gaza. The airstrikes have also displaced 423,000 people, the UN said.
  • US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Tel Aviv pledged full US support to Israel, stressing, “This is no time for neutrality, or for false equivalence or for excuses for the inexcusable.”

As people around the world struggle to understand the impact of the war, in this issue of the magazine I shine our Inkandescent spotlight on Noa Tishby. An Israeli actress, writer, producer, and activist, who’s production company, Noa’s Arc, produces adaptations of Israeli programs to American networks.

In 2021, she published her first book, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth.

About the book: Israel. The small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot-button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts? Here to fill in the information gap is Israeli American Noa Tishby. Offering a fresh, 360-degree view, Tishby brings her straight-shooting, engaging, and slightly irreverent voice to the subject, creating an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, Tishby chronicles her homeland’s evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel’s creation to the real disputes dividing the country today.

Perhaps having insight and perspective will help us all understand Israel a bit more. Here’s how to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza. In peace, Hope

“When it comes to investing your money, there is the textbook answer and then there is YOUR answer.” — Taylor Schulte, curator, “More Than Money”

Spring 2023: A Note from Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro, contributor to More Than Money: Real Life Stories of Financial Planning

Despite an expansive array of financial planning tools, advice, and gurus, putting real financial planning into practice is deeply personal―and incredibly difficult. So I am honored to be part of a new book, More Than Money: Real-Life Stories of Financial Planning, edited by Shanna Due and curated by Taylor Schulte and Justin Castelli.

This collection of surprising and inspiring stories reveals how real clients applied financial planning to derive tangible results that changed their lives. These stories by award-winning financial advisors feature people from all walks of life―young and old, those in debt, and those with great wealth―and a wide variety of situations, from designing a desired lifestyle to dealing with catastrophe. They show how well-thought-out, personalized, and high-touch financial planning can truly impact lives for the better. These leaders in a growing industry remind us that financial planning is more than dollars and cents―it is about resourcing dreams and improving lives in the near term and beyond.

Learn about the Power to Play! (more…)

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani female education activist and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Winter 2023: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine“If you can read this, thank a teacher,” writes Suzanne Capek Tingley, Veteran Educator, M.A. Degree, about her favorite bumper sticker in an article about the Three Reasons to be Thankful for Teachers, for Western Governor’s University.

WGU is home to educator Dr. Jennie Sanders, our cover story star in the Winter 2023 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine. So it seems appropriate to share Suzanne’s three reasons to be thankful for teachers: “their support, their kindness, their ability to teach kids, and of course, their dedication.”

These are Suzanne’s three examples of teachers who went above and beyond and proved why everyone should be thankful for this truly amazing group: (more…)

Dear Chef: An invitation to Share Your Favorite Recipe

Dear Chef,

How comforting it is to end the year with a sense of relief. Yes, the world is still struggling with a devastating pandemic. Yes, we continue to reel from a caustic presidential election. And yes, we are all working to discover the new normal.

So what a blessing it is to look back on all that we’ve been through in 2020, pat ourselves on the back for making it through — and know in our hearts that a new year awaits, one filled with infinite possibilities!

With that goal in mind, we hope to shine a little light to your life with the release of our newest Inkandescent® Book title: Your What’s Next Journal.

  • Filled with insights from 12 industry leaders about what they see coming in their businesses and lives, our goal is to help you flip through the months of the year with their guidance and support.
  • Each month’s chapter also features interactive prompts to help you focus and center your:
    • Mind (writing options from Hope)
    • Body (a series of simple but effective yoga poses)
    • Spirit (52 sets of affirmations)
    • Soul (art ideas by Cynthia)
    • Heart (healthy recipes from 12 of our favorite female chefs) — this is where you come in!

Our goal is to help readers fill the pages with their powerful thoughts and creative representations that will help them to go deeper into their psyche, and truly create the life of their dreams. Here’s where you come in! (more…)

“Female novelists have captured the literary zeitgeist, with more buzz, prizes, and bestsellers than men”

Fall 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazineIn this issue, we are celebrating the significant trend reversal where the book publishing industry is no longer run from the very top by a small group of men. This fact isn’t lost on journalists such as The Guardian’s Johanna Thomas-Corr and Irish Times reporter Finn McRedmond, who believes the reason for the shift is that women make up about 80% of those novel buyers.

“It follows, then, that it is perhaps likely that women like buying books written by women,” Finn muses, noting the increasing democratization of the publishing industry has also got something to do with it. “Publishing is no longer run from the very top by a small group of men. It is abundantly obvious (and stop me if you’ve heard this one before) that an industry dominated solely by men is more likely to favor the work of men, seeing them preferred over their female counterparts. But that women writers are enjoying such sustained prominence in the fiction market at the same time that more women are entering the publishing industry is further proof of this.” Click here to read more from Finn. (more…)

“Through trusting in the diving and following my intuition, I learned that nothing is out of reach. But you have to do the reaching.” — Intuitive Psychotherapist Kara Kihm

Summer 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — The gift of finding your heart’s desire is what we all strive for. And as anyone who has been at it — for decades — knows, it takes time, patience, and faith to keep following your intuition.

That’s why it’s amazing to feature intuitive psychotherapist Kara Kihm and the guests of her weekly video and podcast show on the cover of this issue of Inkandescent Women magazine. Not only does each woman share her powerful journey, but she also provides insights and ideas into how we can each overcome obstacles.

“It’s never easy to face challenges, but the sweetness of getting to the place where you deeply know you should be is definitely worth the ride,” insists Kara, who has been following her path since getting divorced in 2016. Everything Kara thought she wanted from her life began to crumble around her. “As I stood amid the rubble, rather than crumble too, I decided to redefine it all.”

Read more: KaraKihm.com

A trip around the world came next, followed in 2021 by the publishing of her memoir Discovering My Wings. Scroll down to read the first two chapters of the book. And click here to learn more about what Kara is up to today: KaraKihm.com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to be part of our Truly Amazing Women project at Inkandescent Women magazine. We look forward to talking with you again in August! — Hope Katz Gibbs, founder, Inkandescent® PR + Publishing Co.

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“I can promise you that women working together — linked, informed and educated — can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” — Isabel Allende

April-May 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — I love this quote by critically-acclaimed Chilean writer Isabel Angélica Allende Llona. Her books live in the genre of magical realism, including The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002). Based upon her personal experience and historical events, Isabel’s works pay homage to the lives of incredible women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. It’s hard not to adore a woman who understands the depth and breadth of what it means to harness your personal power in a magical manner.

The same is true of the women who grace the cover of this month’s issue of Inkandescent Women magazine featuring Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro. She shines a light on a dozen of the women she has featured on her popular TV and podcast show that celebrates Happy Hour every Friday at 5pm EST, Margaritas with Marguerita. (more…)

Bicycles, Birth Control, and Women’s Rights: “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony

March-April 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — We celebrate International Women’s Month 2022 with a quote by Susan B. Anthony about one of the greatest changes in women’s rights: The bicycle.

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel — the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

Indeed, when modern bicycles were invented in the 1890s, it was a social revolution for women. As you’ll read in this month’s cover story featuring “Women in White Coats,” about three Victorian women who became the first female doctors, bicycles provided freedom of movement for women of the era who were idealized for virtues such as domesticity and motherhood. The bicycle afforded an accepted way to step outside and become a larger part of society — including when it came to business and politics. (more…)

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

January-February 2022: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine While I usually quote women in this passion project of mine, as we embark on the new year I was drawn to the words of the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

An advocate of social reform, who was nevertheless suspicious of reform and reformers, Emerson achieved a tremendous reputation with his verse, corresponded with many of the leading intellectual and artistic figures of his day — and during an off and on again career as a Unitarian minister delivered and later published several controversial sermons. He believed, “To trust oneself and follow our inner promptings corresponds to the highest degree of consciousness.” (more…)

Your What’s Next Journal: Making Miracles — Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul, and Heart

November-December 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine, and Cynthia de Lorenzi, founder, Success in the City, and co-author, Your What’s Next Journal How comforting it is to end the year with a sense of relief. Yes, the world is still struggling with a devastating pandemic. Yes, we continue to reel from a caustic presidential election. And yes, we are all working to discover the new normal.

So what a blessing it is to look back on all that we’ve been through these last few years. Please pat ourselves on the back for making it through — and knowing in our hearts that a new year awaits, one filled with infinite possibilities!

With that goal in mind, we hope to shine a little light on your life by releasing our newest Inkandescent™ Publishing book: Your What’s Next Journal. (more…)

Women March: At more than 600 spots around the country women are standing up for our rights!

September-October 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine (Image by Miki Jourdan, flickr.com creative commonsNever underestimate the power of hundreds of thousands of women coming together to protest. Such was the scene on Oct. 2 when thousands of protesters marched at rallies in Washington and cities across the country decrying Texas’s recent ban on most abortions and warning that the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority could impose further restrictions in the coming months.

It has been nearly five years since the debut of the Women’s March when women from around the world walked the streets of Washington, DC, in protest of Donald Trump and all that he and his supporters stood for. We knew in our hearts and bodies that someday soon, our reproductive rights would be in jeopardy. Sadly, we were right. (more…)

“Freedom isn’t given it is taken. Freedom isn’t free it is earned.” — Musician Chrisette Michele, Let Freedom Reign

July-August 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — I love the month of July. Not only is it my birthday (July 8), the day I give thanks for every blessing I’ve ever received, but it is the month where we celebrate our freedom.

As the publisher of Inkandescent Women magazine and creator of the Truly Amazing Women project, I am on a mission to create a revolution: All women, everywhere, stand together and support each other in life, love, and the pursuit of everything that makes us happy, healthy, and in our power.

So it’s a pleasure to honor 8 women in the July-August 2021 issue who are standing up for what they believe in, making a powerful difference in the lives of many. (more…)

“The best way to fight back is to speak up — to say openly the very thing that others stigmatize.” — Melinda Gates, “The Moment of Lift”

June 2021: A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — June is National Safety Month, and at Inkandescent™ we can’t think of a better way to shine a light on what it means to be safe — Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul, and Heart — than by giving a shout out to philanthropist Melinda Gates.

For the last 20 years, she has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, she insists: “Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear. If you want to lift a society, you need to stop keeping women down.”

While she has been in the news quite a bit this spring regarding her divorce from Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, what makes Melinda truly amazing is her ability to stand up for what she knows is right.

This month we honor Melinda Gates and encourage you to pick up a copy of her book: The Moment of Lift. “How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings — and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

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“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?” — Rumi

Welcome to the May 2021 issue of Inkandescent Women magazine: A note from Hope Katz Gibbs and Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-authors, Your What’s Next Journal — If you have been following our adventure of crafting monthly issues of Your What’s Next Journalyou know that we offer Affirmations that we recite ourselves to open our hearts and remind us of our blessings.

On the cover of the magazine this month: You’ll meet our new friend, movie maker Martine Melloul. She was introduced to us by our client Tracy Schott, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has become an advocate to end domestic violence since producing her 2015 groundbreaking movie, “Finding Jenn’s Voice.” She interviewed Martine for one of her weekly podcast shows, and we all agreed we had to tell the story of this truly amazing woman on the May cover of the magazine. Click here to read that issue and meet some of Martine’s best pals in the movie business! (more…)

“What you appreciate, appreciates. — Lynne Twist, author, “The Soul of Money”

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine — When it comes to women and their relationship with money, things can get complicated. In this month’s issue of Inkandescent Women magazine, we explore a dozen topics that will help women everywhere flex their financial muscles thanks to our April 2021 cover girl: Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro.

From tips from her upcoming book, Diary of a CFP® Pro, to insights from her weekly show on MargueritaCheng.tv, you’ll discover useful tips that you can begin applying to your life today! Click here to read all about it!

That’s not all! 

Another Inkandescent client — Financial Planner Carmen Wu — explains in this video that women are twice as likely to live below the poverty line during retirement. “It’s shocking, but it’s true,” explains Carmen in this interview on News Channel 8s Let’s Talk Live, reporter Sonya Gavankar. (more…)

“I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.” — Martha Beck

A note from Hope Katz Gibbs and Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-authors, Your What’s Next Journal — We begin the celebration of International Women’s Month this March 2021 with the above quote from Martha Beck, America’s first life coach.

Hope finished her Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coach training in November, and for more than a decade before then has been a fan of the work of the woman who penned books including “Finding Your Own North Star,” and “The Joy Diet.”

We infuse Martha’s wisdom in much of what we do at Inkandescent™ Inc., including Cynthia’s word of the month.

“Each month, I love thinking of the one word that describes how I’m feeling, what I’m wishing for, and what I need to learn from,” Cynthia shares. “As we celebrate International Women’s Month in March 2021, the word that describes this month for me is: FLOW.” (more…)

Write it Down, Make it Happen: Why are Daily Affirmations so Powerful?

By Cynthia de Lorenzi, author, Your What’s Next Journal.

As we roll out Your 2021 What’s Next Journal, I’ll be sharing monthly affirmations from the pages of each month’s Spirit section. We hope that you will take a look at the affirmations we are sharing for the month, repeat the ones that fit what you are feeling at the moment, then, as you get more comfortable with the art of Affirmations, begin to write your own.

Let the Affirmations guide you! As you repeat them, scribble, doodle, and draw freely about the thoughts and images that these powerful words conjure up. Simply move your intuitive thoughts into your hands and move the pen, paint whatever unconsciously, even with your eyes open or closed, to freely move healing in through and out of your body and consciousness.

Why are Affirmations so powerful? As most women know, there is magic in science and science in magic. So we turn to Positive Psychologist and MBA Catherine Moore for insight. “Science-based MRI evidence suggests certain neural pathways are increased when people practice self-affirmation tasks,” she explains in her article, Positive Affirmations: Is There Science Behind It? (more…)

Welcome 2021 with Health & Wellness: Clean, Cleanse, Release. Repeat

A Note from Cynthia de Lorenzi, co-author, Your 2021 What’s Next JournalWhat a relief — 2021 has arrived. Not only am I thrilled to launch Your 2021 What’s Next Journal with my co-author Hope Katz Gibbs, but it’s a pleasure to begin the New Year featuring one of the heroines on the frontline of saving lives and confronting coronavirus: Caryn Iverson, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM.

As you’ll learn through our interviews with Caryn in this month’s cover story, she shares adept insight into where we have been since the Pandemic’s onset and where we should expect to go as the virus continues to rage, almost out of control! Her thoughts on the first positive news that we now have a vaccine. (more…)