I believe that leadership is innate within every woman, and it is not something that needs to learned as much as it needs to be remembered. Remembering my own voice and what it means to be a feminine leader took me decades. It was a journey that spanned multiple continents and career tracks, and it ultimately brought me here to the work I do today.
Coming from a long line of patriarchal leaders in my family, I never felt heard or listened to as a young girl. As a reaction this, I worked three times as hard to be seen and heard, and completely bought into the system of achievement just to receive any recognition from my teachers and family. I began to develop a false sense of confidence as I collected awards, recognition and opportunities throughout my high school, college, and early professional life. I always felt the deeper call of the feminine leader inside, but I had long since swallowed her wisdom in order to be the hardworking “good girl” that was valued by society.
When a National Geographic editor asked me to include more of my voice in a piece that I wrote, I was flabbergasted. My voice? You want to hear my voice? Then, came the overwhelm. I was terrified to reveal my real thoughts and feelings. I was afraid of being judged. Afraid of people knowing too much about me. Afraid of being wrong. Afraid to have an opinion and actually take a stand.
It took many years of spiritual journey to finally find (or perhaps remember) my voice. Sparked by an intuitive calling and a deep desire to move outside of patriarchal conditioning, I left office-life to head to Southeast Asia, Nepal and India for an 18-month spiritual journey. During my trip, I taught English to Tibetan monks, taught yoga to Tibetan refugee girls in Dharamsala, India, studied with and met the Dalai Lama. I then moved to London and served as magazine editor for the Free Tibet Campaign, and later worked in the Middle East as a reporter, in New York as a teacher, eventually finding my way to Santa Monica, California.
It was there that I had my full-blown awakening to the Divine Feminine. Inspired to help other women remember who they are and blossom into their full potential, I started my own yoga clothing line called Lotus Blossom Style based on the Goddess.
But my awakening did not stop there. Once I woke up to the oppression of women’s voices and learned of the human rights abuses happening all over the world, there was no turning back. I knew the pain of suppressing my own voice, and now I knew the violence being committed against the bodies and voices of women on a global scale.
I saw clearly that in order to ever achieve peace in our world, we need to first achieve a balance between the feminine and the masculine within ourselves and within our worldly leadership.
From there, my mission began to unfold: to help women awaken to the Feminine within themselves. Honor it. Remember their wisdom. And put it forward into the world through speaking, teaching, writing and leadership.
This is my mission. This is my work. I hope you join me in this awakening to the tremendous power inside. It’s time.
Tabby Biddle, M.S. Ed., is a celebrated writer, speaker, and women’s leadership coach, specializing in helping women find their voice. As a Take The Lead Leadership Ambassador, Tabby supports women in taking their fair and equal share of leadership across all sectors by 2025. Through her speaking appearances, group classes and private coaching practice, Tabby has supported thousands of women on their path into leadership – from business leaders, to media personalities, to celebrity activists, to artists, to students, to entrepreneurs. She is the bestselling author of Find Your Voice: A Woman’s Call to Action, and a popular TEDx speaker for her unique approach to activating women’s leadership. A two-time United Nations Foundation press fellow writing on women and girls, Tabby has been featured by prominent national and international media, including The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, UN Dispatch, Current TV and NPR. Tabby earned her Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education and her undergraduate degree in politics from Colby College. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and young son. Learn more at