Empowerment Tales

A Hearty Mix of Prose to Enlighten, Soothe, and Encourage...


Among the stories offered to inspire thoughtful reflection and conversation to listeners are:

Examples of Traditional Fare:

Little Red Riding Hood:

A version of this fateful tale can be found in many cultures and offer a greater a message than that provided by Golden Book which hardly went beyone "listen to your mother" and "stay on the path."

I tell the story based on the Grimm version which offers a wholly different message in two parts: Part 1 is the learning; Part 2 applies what is learned.   Themes: wisdom, community, experience

The Black Bowl 

This Japanese folktale eloquently details the plight of girls and women whose prettiness is not a blessing, but a curse and, in doing so, illuminates our human nature to objectify ourselves and others.  Themes: otherness, jealousy, diligence



Philamandre chronicles a complex and unresolved relationship between mother and child, alongside the power of love and forgiveness.  Themes: family, forgiveness, community

There are many stories that expound ideals of empowerment.

Programs are assembled for length and content according to the audience.


  1. authority or power given to someone to do something."individuals are given empowerment to create their own dwellings"
  2. the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights.

"political steps for the empowerment of women"


MYOB: Mind Your Own Body


Stories that Talk the Walk to Walk the Talk.

...because the personal is the political.

More Information Coming Soon ...

MYOB: Mind your own body

MYOB: Mind Your Own Body

A Story Concert and more...

MYOB: Mind Your Own Body is a storytelling initiative to talk the walk and walk the talk toward legalizing the inalienable rights of women and others over their own bodies without shame or prejudice.

Moreover, it is a testament that stories have the power to shape the world.


Stories include fable, folk, fairy, and personal prose.  While the overarching theme is based on the plight of women as a means to affect change, the specific stories and programs are fluid to allow for appropriate content for a wide range of audiences and venues.

I hope to empower audiences to  listen to the stories of others, to give pause for reflection, and to make their own voices heard.  

Together we can make a difference.

If you would like to share your story, please contact me below.


Let's be brave. Sharing stories leads to understanding. It takes a willingness to listen and a courage to tell.  


More Information will be available shortly.

If you would like to support this initiative, please contact me.

Share our story. Share your vision.

Let's Work Together.

Through stories, we can understand and empower and make a difference.

Denise McCormack

Bordentown, New Jersey 08505, United States

(609) 807-8238