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. …

Tina Fey

A few years ago I did something with my aunties that many called crazy. In hindsight I would completely agree it was madness. Together we walked 50 kilometres across 12 hours around our home city. My favourite part of this event, however, wasn't the day itself. It was the training walks we did together, traipsing up mountains, winding …

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 …

Guest Post – Attention is the Rarest and Purest Form of Generosity

Thank you to my beautiful guest for contributing this post. Leave a comment for her below and show your support for her lovely post. We are all trying to strike a balance between reclaiming ourselves/doing things for ourselves and remaining connected with the friends, families and contacts in our lives. ** “Attention is the rarest …

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 …

Kiran Bedi

Let's dive straight into Kiran Bedi - the first woman to join the Indian police force. Here is a quick summary of Kiran's life: Kiran was one of four daughters. Growing up, her father disobeyed traditional expectation and educated all four daughters. She has an undergraduate degree in English, a master's degree in political science, …

Guest Post – An Open Letter: Why we are more powerful than the problems we face.

Thank you to my beautiful friend for writing this entry. You are a kind, clever and inspirational human and the things we are going to achieve knows no bounds. ** An open letter to the change-makers, to the hopeful souls and to the perpetually afraid. Dear human, I guess it’s about time we came clean. …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Welcome to yet another human that is both revered and distrusted by the international community. Today I am introducing you to Aung San Suu Kyi. Her background is as follows: Suu Kyi was born in 1945 Her father, Aung San, was assassinated when she was two years old She was educated in India and the …

Sadia Khatri

It's time to meet Sadia Khatri! Sadia is pushing against the entrenched problems of sexual violence in Pakistan through her initiative 'Girls of Dhabas'. To quote directly from their Facebook page: 'Girls at Dhabas is an open community of women and non-binary folks who wish to occupy public spaces on their own terms and whims, …

Ingrid van Beek

You can be the most forward-thinking, inclusive human being on this planet and still find yourself clutching your bag closer when a man who looks drug-affected sits next to you on the train, or averting your eyes to the homeless person sitting on the street because you're worried he'll be aggressive to you for no …

Marielle Franco

The recent murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco has sparked outrage in Brazil. While it is publicly believed that she was assassinated, investigations into her death are ongoing. Thousands of people poured into the streets following her death, mourning and protesting. Her death comes in the aftermath of Michel Temer (Brazil's president) increasing military powers in …