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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Denison chapter.

For the women who are told they are too much

For the women who are told to calm down

For the women whose passion is pigeonholed as anger

For the women who are called bitchy instead of assertive

For the women who are told they are “crazy” 

For the badass women bosses who are not “likable” at work

For the women who feel like they need to bite their tongue and do

For the women who are called “bold” when demanding respect

For the women who are told they are too much


Women do not need to wait for their turn or to be invited. Women do not follow behind. A woman in a leadership role is powerful. Women can be assertive and not bitchy.  To rewrite this stigma, we need to dismantle it. We can not let it stop us from speaking with an energy and potency that is magnetizing. Women will continue to be our authentic selves, demand respect, and speak our minds. We will not apologize for our success, intellect, passion, and leadership.


Continue to be passionate

Continue to be fiery

Continue to be assertive

Continue to stand up for yourself

Continue to be a badass boss at work

Continue to demand respect

You are not too much

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The idea that powerful women are deemed “too much” is not an issue that men perpetuate alone. This is an issue between the intersectionality and diversity of women ourselves as well as amongst society. There is a need for change. Women can no longer be policed on their passion, intelligence, and leadership. These qualities are not negative in women; they are powerful. We need women to come together, uplift and support one another. We need for men to change their perspectives on these compelling and influential traits among women — & these are just that — compelling and influential traits within women. 

We are not too much!!!

Olivia Ewing

Denison '22

Welcome! I'm an Anthropology/Sociology and Black Studies double major from Atlanta, Georgia. I love listening to music, reading and relaxing in my down time. I'm passionate about social activism and spreading love & positivity. My articles should reflect that :)
Claire is a Cleveland native in her fourth & final year at Denison University and is excited to continue her role as the Co-President for the Denison chapter! While she studies Spanish and Political Science, she loves to write in her spare time. She wants to emphasize topics that she is passionate about, spread positivity and optimism in the world, and connect with people through her writing. When she isn't writing or studying, you can find Claire spending time with her family and friends, staying active, enjoying the outdoors, or listening to music.