7 of the Most Inspirational Women in History

Need some Monday inspiration? Surfing through the pages of history, there are innumerable women who have contributed towards society, politics, sports, fashion, society and pretty much the world in general. Some you’ve probably heard of before, but there are others who’s enormous successes have been hidden away. Here’s a list of seven such inspiring women who struggled, paved the way, and made their own destiny.

1. Victoria Woodhull

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“Women, no less than men, can qualify herself for the more onerous occupations  of life. ” – Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927)

Although little known today, American suffragist Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to ever run for President of the United States in 1872. She made a fortune with her sister on the New York Stock Exchange and was one of the first women to open a Wall Street brokerage firm and they were among the first women to have found a newspaper, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly, which began publication in 1870. Woodhull went from rags to riches twice, her first fortune being made on the road as a highly successful magnetic healer before she joined the spiritualist movement in the 1870s. She was honored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President in March 2008 and was included in a map of historical sites related or dedicated to important women.

2. Helen Rubinstein

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“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965)

Helena Rubinstein, born as Chaja Rubinstein was a Polish-born American business magnate. A cosmetics entrepreneur, she was the founder and eponym of Helena Rubinstein, Incorporated, which made her one of the world’s richest women. Rubinstein emigrated from Poland to Australia in 1902, with no money and little English. Her stylish clothes and milky complexion did not pass unnoticed among the town’s ladies, however, and she soon found enthusiastic buyers for the jars of beauty cream in her luggage. Spotting a market, she began to make her own.

3. Coco Chanel

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“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

Coco Chanel, born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel,was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

4. Amelia Earhart

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“Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She  received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. Thereafter, she joined  the faculty of Purdue University in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel  women on careers and as a technical advisor to the Department of Aeronautics.  She also wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was  instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female  pilots.

5. Ayn Rand

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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me”- Ayn Rand    (1905 – 1982)

Ayn Rand born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings. She has been a significant influence among libertarians and American conservatives. After graduating from high school in the Crimea at 16, Rand returned with her family to Petrograd (as Saint Petersburg was renamed at that time), where they faced desperate conditions, on occasion nearly starving.
After the Russian Revolution, universities were opened to women, allowing Rand to be in the first group of women to enrol at Petrograd State University, where, at the age of only 16, she began her studies in the department of social pedagogy, majoring in history and when on to writing some of her best books.

6. Rosa Parks

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“I have learned this over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear” – Rosa Parks  (1913 – 2005)

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order, in Montgomery, to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP’s 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

7. Margaret Thatcher

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“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the “Iron Lady”, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasized deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), flexible labor markets, the privatization of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions.

Who are your favourite women from history?

Awesome Women – Interview with Carmen Hawker, General Manager of The Global Women’s Project

In light of the tragedy unfolding in Nepal at the moment, we’ve got a special post in the Awesome Women Series for you. Carmen Hawker, General Manager of The Global Women’s Project, had actually been kind enough to agree to this interview a few weeks ago, but we wanted to get it up as soon as possible to share her incredible story with you, along with the amazing work she is currently undertaking as part of The Global Women’s Project emergency response in Nepal. She is one amazing woman, and sure to inspire.
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What’s your story? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My story. Wow. Well, I’m hoping it’s only a quarter of my story so far at the ripe old age of 26, but that was very nearly not the case last year! I had been passionately working away for a few years in the women’s health sector in family violence service coordination and prevention of violence against women with a BA and a Masters of International Relations (Gender) under my belt – and I could feel myself starting to burn out. I’d been privileged enough to travel a lot as a kid so didn’t feel the same urge to travel in my late teens or early 20s as many of my friends but at 25 I decided to take off and travel around Southeast Asia for three months.
My plan was to do a bit of solo travel to get out of my comfort zone and also to spend time travelling with my lifelong friend Alice and my beautiful partner Sam. Two and a half months into my trip I was starting to flag after having an incredible, but rather hectic, time travelling through Burma, Laos, Thailand and working with The Global Women’s Project’s grassroots partner Stung Treng Women’s Development Centre in Cambodia. I arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, at midnight on March 13 for the final leg of my trip. On the agenda was some work with our amazing partner, the Women’s Foundation Nepal, and a trek in Pokhara. Well, let’s just say the universe had other plans. I had a splitting headache when I arrived and after attempting to brush it off for 36 hours, it wouldn’t budge and was getting a whole lot worse. So my gorgeous, and now life-saving, friend Alice packed up my things and threw me in the back of a taxi and asked the driver to take us to a hospital.
As it turned out I didn’t have an ordinary headache. I had two gigantic blood clots almost completely blocking the two central veins in my brain. The next three and a half weeks were a blur. I spent almost a month in ICU there in a pitch black isolation room where it looked, for all intents and purposes, that I was going to die from a stroke or be severely impaired. Luckily, my body responded like a boss. I survived, luckily. I was then medically evacuated back to Australia to begin a very, very long recovery process! So I guess that’s not a little about myself, but that’s my ‘story,’ thus far in a nutshell.
What made you want to start up The Global Women’s Project?
Well it was actually started by two incredible women, Kate Williams and Briony Mackenzie, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time! That time and place was queuing for chais at Seven Sisters Festival. I was practically recruited on the spot and joined the team alongside another absolute superstar called Lauren (there’s obviously something about Laurens – they tend to be amazing!). It was a magical moment and one I’ll never forget. I met my soul sisters that day and the rest is history, as they say.
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What has been your biggest success and biggest challenge?
One of my biggest challenges has been to find sustainability and balance in my approach to work. I like to work hard, I like to feel like I’m achieving something and I like to be all things to all people. This just isn’t possible and I’ve had to learn that the hard way. I burnt out, went travelling to regenerate and nearly found myself not here to tell the tale.
Ironically, nearly dying was the best thing that ever happened to me. My experience in Nepal last year forced me to re-evaluate my entire life. I know all too well that everything can be taken away from you in an instant. So ‘If not now, when?’ became my (wo)mantra and I’ve had to make some very difficult decisions and major changes. One of those was giving up my paid work, which I enjoyed and at an organisation that I loved, to focus solely on The Global Women’s Project and my recovery. This decision, although extremely difficult, was incredibly liberating and has unleashed an energy and decisiveness that I’ve not had before. I feel as if I’ve finally been able to step into my own power.
So here I am, the General Manager Australia of The Global Women’s Project, working almost seven days a week for free! That’s a pretty damn big success out of a major challenge!
Any advice for women wanting to start up their own charity?
Do it. Don’t be afraid. Be part of something bigger than yourself.
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Carmen’s inspirational workspace with her Words With Heart notebook.

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Who inspires you?
A line of damn strong women in my family who are resilient and compassionate beyond belief. And, of course, the people I have the honour of working alongside, the women we work with in Nepal and Cambodia and all of the badass trailblazers who’ve come before me.
Do have some ‘words with heart’ to leave us with?
There is nothing like the solidarity of the sisterhood. There just isn’t.
Where can we go to find out more about The Global Women’s Project?
Well, as we know, there was a devastating Earthquake in Nepal on Saturday that has left thousands dead, many more thousands injured and millions displaced in need of urgent assistance. Our fearless Director Briony lives and works alongside the Women’s Foundation Nepal and was in Kathmandu as disaster struck. We were actually talking at the time. Briony just sprung into action and with the team here in Australia, we started a Nepal Emergency Appeal to provide women and their families with urgent assistance & supplies in the critical days following the quake. We have been overwhelmed by the response to our Appeal and by the incredible generosity of people wanting to donate and support our efforts on the ground.
We have developed a targeted response to the specific needs of women, who are disproportionately affected by natural disasters, and are providing a gendered lens to relief and recovery efforts across Nepal. With WFN, we are doing everything we can to support women and their families through this horrendous time by using our donations and injecting them into the local economy to buy supplies and facilitate community and women-led solutions to relief and recovery.
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The GWP relief response to the Nepal earthquake.

The GWP relief response to the Nepal earthquake.

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A lot is often written and said about women’s vulnerability during natural disasters but that overlooks the crucial role women play in disaster management and risk reduction and how incredibly resilient they are. Women are amazing and we have never been so convinced of this having overseen what has happened across Nepal in this past week.
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While the funds raised through our Appeal will go towards meeting the immediate needs of women and their families in the wake of this disaster, let us assure you – we are there for the long haul. We are a sustainable development organisation that focuses on long-term grassroots partnerships and we ain’t going anywhere! For more information about the Appeal, please visit our website: http://theglobalwomensproject.com.au/donate/

Awesome Women – Interview with Celia Boyd, Co-founder of SHE Investments

Following on from our Q&A last year with Young Australian of the Year nominee Madeline Price, we’re kicking off a new Awesome Women Interview series. I’m pretty excited to be bringing you the inspiring stories, humble lessons learned and excellent advice from a bunch of incredible ladies who are out there changing the world.
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So today we’re featuring the hugely accomplished Celia Boyd – she has a pretty impressive list of achievements in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors. Holding a Masters of Community and International Development from Deakin University, Celia has worked for NGOs like the Oaktree Foundation and World Youth International, and has held a coveted place as a Young Social Pioneer with the Foundation of Young Australians. In 2014 Celia co-founded the social enterprise SHE Investments – a start-up focused on empowering women in Cambodia through small business and training and development. She’s definitely a woman to watch.
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What made you want to start up SHE Investments?
 
I had been working in the field of international and community development for a few years, and my partner James had started becoming really interested in business, after he started his own small business with a partner in 2012.  He wanted to learn more about impact investing, and whether this was used as a tool for social and economic change in developing countries, and he gradually convinced me that it was a pretty cool idea too.  I am really passionate about gender equality and feminism, and believe that to make the deepest impact possible, investment needs to be made into women.
After spending a lot of time researching, we discovered that yes, impact investing was happening in South East Asia, but these investments were typically quite large, and there wasn’t a lot happening at the SME level.  We learned that there were little or no support structures in place for women entrepreneurs to start or scale their businesses to become profitable and sustainable SMEs, and so we realised that we could fill a gap, in a place where there was a lot of need but also a lot of opportunity.  So that’s how SHE was born.
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I think ultimately the reason that we started SHE was because it excited both of us and we became really passionate about it – so passionate that we decided it was worth trying, worth leaving our home for, worth selling a business (as well as everything else we own!) for, and really committing ourselves to.  When you’re that excited and passionate about something you need to see it through!
 
What does gender equality mean to you?
 
To me it means that people of all genders, whether they identify as male, female, transgender, or other, are considered equal within all aspects of society – economic, social, civil, political… everything.  That all people have access to the same rights and opportunities, regardless of their gender.
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Any advice for women wanting to start up their own project or business?
 
Back yourself, and other people will back you.  I don’t have the best self confidence, and I’m constantly working on it, but if you back yourself – even if you’re just faking it ’till you make it (which I do all the time) – then you’ll be surprised by how many people will want to back you too.
 
Who is your biggest inspiration?
 
So many people!  My parents and my sisters, and my partner James, who has risked a lot to follow what he is passionate about and believes in.  My amazing feminist friends, Jess and Elyse, among others.  Inspirational, powerful and passionate women such as Jan Owen, everyone I’ve met through the Young Social Pioneers program (a Foundation for Young Australians initiative), and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.  And obviously Beyonce.
 
Do have some ‘words with heart’ to leave us with?
 
If something excites and motivates you beyond anything else, then you have to follow it.  You don’t have to want to “change the world”, you just need to do what makes you feel excited about life.
 
Where can we go to find out more about SHE Investments?
 
Our crowdfunding campaign page!  www.startsomegood.com/SHEinvestments
And our website: www.sheinvestments.com

Meet the Team: Maria

Maria Angelica Flores is the lovely graphic design intern for Words With Heart. She has designed some awesome stuff, like Words With Heart’s travel journal which will be printed soon! We asked Maria about her role with Words With Heart, her background, and her dreams and ambitions for the future. Thanks for being an inspiring woman Maria!

What is your background/story?

My name is Maria Angelica Flores, I’m 21 years old, born in the Philippines but
raised in Australia. I’ve completed a Design course and will continue to study a
management course in 2015. I’ve completed 3 internships and worked as a
freelance designer for a year now.

What is your role in Words With Heart?

I am Words with Heart Graphics Design Intern. I’ve worked closely with Lauren to
create journal, cards and vouchers. It was great fun to be in a team that inspires
young women.

What made you want to join Words With Heart?

I love self empowerment quotes- I love to smile and just be the best person I can
be everyday. I love the idea of Words With Heart, its more than just stationary, it
does something good which is so real and inspiring. Words With Heart is the type
of project I can see myself contributing to because it aligns with my own desire to
create positive change.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration, Miranda Kerr. She is a motivational figure, inspire young
women to accept their inner beauty and encourages a positive lifestyle. Her
books are empowering and enjoyable to read.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I hope in the future I have a leading career in design- I hope to have published
my own picture book for young children. I hope to be living in an apartment where
I have a home studio to create my own projects.

What are 3 things you are most passionate about?

I am very passionate about design and the creative arts, I love music, and health
and fitness.

Any last words?

I am truly blessed to have worked with Words With Heart. Thank you to the whole
team for your great work and effort. I feel WWH will go a long way and I’ll always
be supporting this organisation.

The new book you need to read – Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl is a MUST READ for any lady. It was recommended to me by a fellow intern who mentioned that she wished she read it 5 years ago and I couldn’t agree more with her. I actually finished it the day after I bought it! (reading can be an expensive hobby when you constantly find great books!).

Not That Kind of Girl is a journey though Lena Dunham’s life (you might know her from the TV series Girls). This book is so special because it highlights the beauty in all imperfections, especially the ones that come with being a young woman in today’s society. Thoughout the book Lena discusses crucial topics such as love, sex, body image, friendship, work, education and how to prove yourself in a room full of men. Lena outlines all of the struggles of growing up in a frank yet entertaining manner that makes this book impossible to put down.

“I’m already predicting my future shame in thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”

– Lena Dunham in Not That Kind of Girl

It’s definitely one to put on the Christmas wish-list!

Supporter Snapshot: Four Questions With Emma Cloke

Emma­­­ Cloke is an inspiring artist from the UK who has found her passion during times of adversity. Not only does Emma produce beautiful pieces of art (see Malala above), she transcends an important message I think everyone can take inspiration from: What do you do when faced with adversity? For someone like Emma, who has suffered from horrific depression for 12 years while being stuck in limbo with medical professionals regarding her disability, she chooses to face her adversity with courage. Instead of letting her disability beat her, she uses it as an opportunity to show her 10-year-old daughter how to be a striver and survivor with humour. For Emma, everyday is a blessing and a reason to live.

How did you find your passion for art? Was there an ah ha! moment when it just clicked with you?

Art is something that I have always done and turned to, even as a child. I believed art to be a hobby until my health declined and I felt invisible and incapable to provide for my family. My confidence has always been a problem over the years and recognising a value in myself a struggle. My family and friends saw my work and encourage me to sell some, so I jumped in at the deep end in September 2014 when I was accepted to be part of the City of Colour Festival held at The Custard Factory Birmingham England. This was the first time I had ever had to submit work to see if it was good enough to be included and, luckily, I was accepted! I sold my first print and was so excited.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

In general, people who try to face adversity inspire me; if I had to choose well known figures of inspiration then they include The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and in more recent years, Malala. If you face adversity in life and try to find a way to inspire and be inspired, progression within yourself and society can happen… that’s my mantra anyway! What a wonderful Tea party I would have if these people dropped by, tea, cake and good conversation!

What is the most important thing you have learnt from your journey?

The most important thing that I have learnt on my journey is to carry on regardless! To smile daily, to laugh at yourself and to inspire your children.Children are also affected when a parent becomes disabled; you need to keep their lives light and free. Onwards and upwards is the most constructive thing that I have embraced as I have realised tomorrow is another day, things you can change for the better do and the stuff that you can’t change accept and move forward.

I also asked Emma to ask her 10-year-old daughter what she thinks the most important part of getting an education is… (I love her reply!)

The most important part of getting an education is being able to have any job in the world. I can be a scientist like Marie Curie AND a writer like Jaqueline Wilson. Education must be important as girls are kidnapped to stop them going to school and Malala was shot. This makes me sad and makes me work harder. One day I would like to meet Malala and thank her for helping girls all around the world- Love Summer- Lili Cloke, Author and Scientist want to be!

You can check out more pieces of her incredible art on her Facebook. Thanks for being such an inspiration Emma!

Awesome Women: Interview with Madeline Price, Founder of One Woman Project

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the passionate Madeline Price who was recently selected as a Queensland State Finalist for the 2015 Young Australian of the Year award. As the director and founder of the One Woman Project and a promoter of advocacy,  Madeline has insightful knowledge on pressing global issues, such as gender equality. 

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What’s your story? tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a fourth year Bachelor of Arts/Laws student, majoring in Sociology and Journalism, at the University of Queensland. I am an avid traveller, having been to more than 15 countries, a student, a volunteer, an activist and an eternal optimist. In my spare time I enjoy waterskiing, playing the guitar, watching re-runs of Friends and guessing plot lines to George R. R. Martin novels.

What made you want to start up One Woman Project?

From an early age, I was aware that gender inequalities existed (it was not until  I was much older that I realised the extent to which they permeated every facet of society), but was eternally frustrated when those around didn’t see the inequality or, more often than not, exclaimed ‘But we are equal!’. That is where the One Woman Project stemmed from – a way to educate young people about the global gender inequalities that exist.

How did you become interested in gender equality?

From a young age I was passionate about ending inequalities everywhere – be in extreme poverty, gender inequalities, war, and so forth – but it wasn’t until I was on an alternative to Schoolies trip, in 2011, that I realised the global nature of gender inequality. I walked into a classroom a few hours north of Kampong Cham, Cambodia, only to find myself facing twenty young boys. I stepped out of the classroom, wandered through the village and tallied in my head – the village was roughly 50% men, 50% women, but only boys were in the classrooms. I asked the teacher why, and she said that the girls were more useful as workers, and less useful as students.

This was the first time that I became acutely aware of an obvious gender inequality and, upon returning to Australia, found myself confronted by the gender inequalities faced at home as well – the gender wage gap, sexual violence, intimate partner and domestic violence, the glass ceiling.

What is the One Woman Project about?

The One Woman Project is a youth-run, registered, non-for-profit organisation aimed at advocating for and promoting gender equality. It centres on three main focuses; public awareness campaigns, biannual conferences and educational seminars for highschool and university students focusing upon global gender inequality.

Can you tell us a bit about the seminars and conferences?

The educational seminars cover eight topics of global gender inequality, including; the difference between gender and sex, the feminisation of poverty and the education of women, representations of men and women in film and advertising, maternal health and HIV/Aids, sexual violence in conflict zones, political quotas and representation, intersectionality and the future of the gender equality movement. The educational seminars also offer the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and organisations.

The conferences – the first of which will be held in July 2015 – focus upon expanding on the educational seminars. They will feature guest speakers from a variety of fields, workshops and networking opportunities. They are open to all members of the public – not just high school and university students.

How can people sign up?

High school and university aged participants of all genders can sign up to the Semester 1 2015 program through our website here.

Any advice for someone wanting to start up their own project?

Be passionate.

This is something I tell all my volunteers – you can learn anything, be it facilitation, finances, campaign and advocacy skills – but you can’t learn passion. People will believe in what you’re passionate about, they will follow you when you can articulate your passion – our society needs passionate people.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My parents have always been my constant source of inspiration – they are two of the most incredible people you will ever meet. Their enthusiasm, their passion, their constant ability to laugh at themselves (and me!) has really shaped how I am as a person. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am an amalgamation of all their best qualities – a superhuman (haha!).

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is Illusions: Tales of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. This book has been a constant inspiration to me and a dedicated push to do more for my local, national and global community. The most motivating part?

‘Here’s a test to find if your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive; it isn’t.’

We’ve just made our first charity donation!

Words With Heart is super proud to announce that our first donation of $1062 has been made to One Girl, which is enough to give three girls access to education in Sierra Leone! This donation equates to $1 for every notebook and journal we sold during our crowd-funding campaign. So thank you, fantastic supporters – this is all because of YOU.

One Girl is a non-profit organisation who believe that EVERY girl has the right to an education– no matter where she is born, how much her parents earn, what her culture says, or what religion she adheres to. Every girl deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and be the best she can be. They’re on a mission to educate 1 million girls across Africa by 2020, and they’ve started their work in Sierra Leone – one of the toughest places on earth to be born a girl.

The funds will go to four girl focused projects, one of which is called Business Brains. With an unemployment rate of over 60%, it is important that girls in Sierra Leone leave school with the skills required to start their own business.

This is where Business Brains can help. This year, they have supplied 78 women and girls with adequate knowledge of entrepreneurship and literacy so they can start their own small business. The results were spectacular. This is Sarah’s Story:

Sarah, one of the participants raced home to her mum and asked for a $1 loan after the training had finished. Her mum gave her the money. Sarah visited the local market and collected all the ingredients she needed to make butterscotch. After cooking it all up, she began selling it around her community. Within a week she’d paid her mum back the loan, and now she is earning between $2 – $3 a week selling her butterscotch.

While this amount may not seem like much, it is enough to ensure Sarah gets at least one meal per day. This year One Girl are scaling up that program to reach more than 14,000 girls across Sierra Leone.

Want to do more to help? You can! One Girl is calling out to do something most people would of never thought they would have to do again – don a school dress. It’s called the Do It In A Dress Campaign, and it’s brilliant. To participate, you grab a school dress and complete some pretty awesome sounding challenges, such as completing fun runs/ marathons, going bungee jumping or even hosting your own party, all while wearing a dress. If you raise $300 dollars, you can provide one girl in Sierra Leone with education. Pretty special, huh? To get involved, or to support someone else’s Do It In A Dress activities,  all you need to do is click here.

 

3 things that have inspired us this week

1. Raw Beauty NYC

Raw Beauty NYC is a project created by Christopher & Dan from the Reve Foundation. It was designed to inspire the public to change their views, transform stereotypes and spread awareness of women with physical challenges. It’s an innovative visual arts project that highlights beauty, empowerment and sensuality through photography. Twenty women were photographed, and it’s evident  they embrace life’s challenges and don’t let anything deter them. Even better yet, all funds raised by the project support the Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds innovative research dedicated to curing spinal cord injury. How awesome is that? Be sure to check out their website: here and browse through all the inspiring stories.

2. Joining Hands

Joining hands has us super inspired this week! Joining hands is a non-for-profit enterprise that offers health and wellbeing services, such as Yoga, Meditation and Health Checks. What makes them so awesome is they give back profits to provide these services to homeless and vulnerable people- free of charge!  Feel free to check out their website here and maybe even splash out on some wellbeing services.

3. International Day of the Girl!

As you may of already known, October the 11th was International Day of the Girl. It was a day of celebration all around the world that promoted girls’ human rights and addressed discrimination issues. Luckily, the guys at Global Girl Media Network are celebrating Day of the Girl every day. Check out their website http://ggmn.tv/ggm/. Did you do anything to celebrate or raise awareness for international day of the girl? Send us a picture or a story and let us know!

Have a great weekend guys!