How women can reclaim their power

Kasia Urbaniak, author of “Unbound: A Woman’s Guide to Power.”
Kasia Urbaniak is the author of the new book, “Unbound: A Woman’s Guide to Power.”
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Kasia Urbaniak spent nearly 20 years studying to become a Taoist nun in one of the oldest woman-led monasteries in China. To pay for her spiritual quest, she worked as a high-paid dominatrix in New York City. 

It sounds jarring. But she found these seemingly paradoxical paths carried her to the same truth: Power is attainable, if women can learn how to wield their influence.

In 2013, Urbaniak started The Academy, a school that teaches women how to reclaim their power in the workforce, their families and wider communities. Out of that experience comes her new book, “Unbound: A Woman’s Guide to Power.”

Wednesday, MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with Urbaniak about how good-girl conditioning and “invisible labor” undermines women’s power, and how women can learn to own their influence. 


To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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