All Women Are Wonder Woman | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

All Women Are Wonder Woman

Muse continues to do good work

With so many important social issues challenging them today, the women of the world could use a hero. Amanda Stuermer, co-founder of World Muse, believes in giving girls and women the tools and inspiration to be their own heroes, as well as champions for the rights and well being of women around the world. She and her organization are dedicated to cultivating and inspiring "the potential of women and girls to create positive change in their lives, their communities, and in our world," and World Muse offers workshops, grants, and other services designed to unlock that potential.

With weekly meetups, annual conferences, and other special events, World Muse challenges and encourages women to engage on a personal, community, and global level in a way that can truly change the world for the better. Muse camps teach yoga, mindfulness exercises, healthy nutrition, and other techniques to help women nourish their mind, body, and soul for an enriched personal life. They also provide women with a great opportunity to get involved in their community and form a strong network of supportive and socially conscious members.

Muse also raises funds to invest directly in projects dedicated to helping girls and women around the world. To get involved in this overwhelming wave of girl power, you can dabble your toes in the inspiring weekly meetings at Palate Coffee House (Wednesdays, 8-9 am), or dive headfirst into the annual Muse Camp, an weekend retreat that puts the power for positive change in your hands. You can also become a Muse member by donating to their many amazing projects, which gives you the ability to vote on which projects receive grants and seed money.

Even kids and teens can get involved in global social change with school programs and teen summer camps. With an impressive lineup of powerhouse projects supporting the voices and rights of women around the globe, World Muse proves that you don't have to be Wonder Woman to affect social change. Their empowering mission makes them the go-to starting point for all the support and resources a girl needs to make the world a better place in a real and personal way.

In a time where the term social justice warrior is used as a pejorative in some circles and sexism is still highly overlooked in film and television, let alone behind the scenes, what Amanda Stuermer has helped cultivate with Muse is not to be underestimated. There is a very strong chance we could see a post-racist, post-sexist, post-homophobic time in this country with the growth of this next generation and her work should be right at the forefront. It deserves to be. Vist their website at

Jared Rasic

Film critic and author of food, arts and culture stories for the Source Weekly since 2010.
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