Huda Shaawari

"When I read summaries of these incredibly brave women acting in ways divergent to the social norms it always strikes me what isn't said. When all we have are public works or interviews to draw on, we do not get to hear about the hours spent in self-doubt, or the moments of fear over repercussion or backlash."

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Jane Addams

"You work non-stop towards a goal that is unachievable (whether that be the eradication of poverty, the elimination of untreated mental health disorders in the community or something equally as fraught) and you are constantly thrown hurdles along the way to leap with vigour and passion."

And in the blue corner…

I have sat through so many training days and team building exercises since starting work full time that they all mesh into one blur of boredom-induced hunger, stifled yawns and uncomfortable silences while facilitators wait for contributions by people who are being paid to attend. Many of these have been about understanding my work style. …

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you to my wonderful friend Rachel for providing me with Eleanor for this week's focus. It is always great to hear who inspires my friends and family and I encourage you to reach out if you have a beautiful human that I could feature! ** Eleanor Roosevelt is niece to the former President of …

Michelle Obama

Let me try to do justice to the incredible woman and inspirational human, Michelle Obama. Quick snapshot: We share birthdays (17 Jan) but she was born in 1964. I feel close to her already. Michelle is a Harvard graduate and a successful lawyer. I am studying to become a lawyer. Omg guys is this real …

Amal Clooney

Those of you who know me will know I am studying the law and I have always been passionate about human rights. It therefore made sense that, sooner or later, I dip into Amal Clooney's life to see how she operates in her world, external to her husband. I hope you all enjoy my take …

Lee Lin Chin

On proofing this, I see that I have thrown in a lot of "Aussie lingo" to this post. It seems Lee has brought out my little bogan country girl that lives in my heart. Should you require translation, let me know! 🙂 ** Lee Lin Chin has been reading the news since before I was …

Aya Kamikawa

I love Japan, but there are challenges to the society and the culture that must be spoken about. Just like Australia. Just like America. We can't stay silent on what is uncomfortable, because otherwise those who are held back from achieving their goals because they are different will never get a chance. ** There are …