The Emotional Labor Union
Our voices are power.


The ELU is a safe space and a platform to talk about your experiences. Devoting time to critical thinking and interaction empowers us to sharpen our speaking skills and define the source of our feelings as well as reminds us we have voices that deserve to be heard.

Voices as Power

Meet Leelynn: The ELU Hampton Roads facilitator

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New chapter!

The ELU Hampton Roads

It’s Facebook, Insta and Twitter official - The Emotional Labor Union now has a Virginia chapter! The mission of The ELU is to amplify the voices and experiences of women through curated feminist topics empowering them to get clarity on their viewpoints, speak with confidence and arm themselves against societal pressures. You can learn more about the mission and values of the ELU here.

We are over the moon to introduce you all to Leelynn and our Virginia chapter.


So without further ado, a little Q&A with Leelynn: I'm 26 years young, and a recent transplant to the Hampton Roads area. I'm originally from Hawaii, and recently lived on Guam for over five years. I love to read, and if I can't pick up a physical book, it's easy to find me listening to audiobooks to get my fill. I have four puppies that I absolutely adore, and a husband that I cherish with all of my heart.

If you could use one word to describe you, what would it be? Passionate.

Do you have a favorite book/author? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book was so raw and emotional and so relevant to today's day and age. It made me angry, sorrowful, emotional, just everything. It's hard to explain, but I highly recommend everyone read this at least once in their lives.

What appeals to you most about starting an ELU chapter? Knowing that this was important enough for me to have in my life, but not having the means to go to DC every month to do so. I also really connected with Casey's story of self during the Women Empower Expo, and knew that this was something meaningful that I wanted to be a part of.

If you could tell the kid-version of Leelynn one bit of advice, what would it be? It's okay to not be perfect in everything, as long as you know you tried your absolute hardest. Be kind to those that need kindness in their lives.

Shout it far and wide because #OurVoicesArePower and we’ve got a new chapter!

Connect with Leelynn on social media on Instagram and Twitter. Come meet and chat IRL if you’re in the Hampton Roads area at any of the upcoming ELU Hampton Roads’ discussion events.