Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Young people in politics is always very exciting to me. It is one thing to have a young voice, it is another entirely to have that voice represent the “lay person”. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) gives us a lot to be interested by, as the youngest elected Congresswoman and as someone representing the voices of theContinue reading “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

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.”

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.Continue reading “And in the blue corner…”

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, windingContinue reading “Tina Fey”

Special Feature: Gaby Judd

A personal note to Gaby: thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to you about your efforts. Despite the draining and intensely sad nature of the information you are exposed to through your work with Grandmothers, you are a positive, forward-looking person invested in getting lessContinue reading “Special Feature: Gaby Judd”

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 ofContinue reading “Eleanor Roosevelt”

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 realContinue reading “Michelle Obama”

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 takeContinue reading “Amal Clooney”

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 wasContinue reading “Lee Lin Chin”

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 rarestContinue reading “Guest Post – Attention is the Rarest and Purest Form of Generosity”

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 areContinue reading “Aya Kamikawa”

Weekend Read: How do we stop inviting the trauma in?

This is not an anti-social media post. This is a PRO-self investment post! Get on the comment feed and tell me what you do to reengage with the world and reconnect with yourself – I can’t wait to hear from you! Happy reading! ** [If I asked you “what brings you joy?” what would youContinue reading “Weekend Read: How do we stop inviting the trauma in?”

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,Continue reading “Kiran Bedi”

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

Martha Abari Bartholomew

It has taken nearly 10 years but I am slowly coming to realise that it truly is small business, entrepreneurs, social activists and industry experts with business and marketing savvy who possess the greatest ability to ‘agitate’ for the change they desire. Martha Abari Bartholomew is a South Sudanese entrepreneur and I will use herContinue reading “Martha Abari Bartholomew”

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a South African activist during the Apartheid. She had a career in social work, she was an activist, she was the President of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League and was elected to Parliament in 1994. She was also the wife of Nelson Mandela. Winnie passed away on the 2nd ofContinue reading “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela”

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,Continue reading “Sadia Khatri”