Thursday, 8 March 2012

And still I Rise*

 Today, as I am sure many of you already know International Women's Day. I thought it was as good an excuse as any to share some amazing women with you. Many you might already worship along with me!

Maya Angelou - not only an outstanding writer but an outstanding survivor, there is very little in between she hasn't been! Reading the biography on her website is enough to make anyone feel they have wasted their lives! I think her volumes of poetry and autobiography have something to offer anyone. Certainly when I read them in my teens I was enthralled and her words have never left me. The title of this post is taken from one of her poems and she reads it in the video above. You can hear the voice of women around the world rejoicing and overcoming.

Aung San Suu Kyi - I would think there are very few people around the world who have not heard her name. This is for a very great reason. She has persevered, put others before herself, lived by her values and inspired generations. In short she is nothing short of a living Saint!

Dr Catherine Hamlin and her Husband have dedicated their lives to helping women in Ethiopia with a very debilitating but 'unsexy' condition, that of obstetric fistula. I think she represents a great tradition of caring women who dedicate their lives fully to the care of others, to tackling one seemingly small issue that successfully makes a huge difference in so many people's lives.

Doreen Lawrence is a most inspirational Mother. She has tirelessly fought for justice for her son Stephen Lawrence with great poise, grace, intellect and staggering courage in the face of institutional racism most of us cannot imagine.

Miranda Hart is hilarious. She is a great wit and, as it turns out, actress. Mind you, I love her, nothing she could ever do would disappoint. I have to admit to the odd day dream about becoming her friend!

The late Mo Mowlam possibly a controversial choice but I think a fine example of a woman always doing her best.

Honestly I could go on, Toni Morrison, Camilla Batmanghelidjh, Betty Boothroyd, Hetty Bower...not to mention the army of women I know and admire in my own life. Women are great and strong, they are ordinary and everyday, they are what they are and we should celebrate this.

Which women inspire you?


  1. I love the women you have chosen - I loved Mo Mowlam - I thought she had real courage. Many women have been a total inspiration in my life, both famous & not. One of the things I love about blogging is the continuing inspiration.

  2. Brilliant! It's Dolly Parton every time for me. She's a legend. That Maya Angelou takes me back to our English Lit A level classes...

  3. Thanks for this post. What a powerful poem! Ina May Gaskin and many women I've worked with inspire me. Oh, and my mum. She's just so strong, wise and compassionate.

  4. What a great post full of inspriational womem. The queen inspire me too, so dedicated and hard working with all that responsibility on her shoulders and my best friend, she is amazing.
    love jooles x

  5. great post! i'm a big maya angelou fan. i love the way she reads her poems with such passion, her delivery strikes right to the heart. whenever i read something of hers, i read it in her voice!
    thanks for stopping by my blog, glad to know you've used society 6 and that you were happy with it! x

  6. Love this post - even though I'm reading it a few days late! Miranda Hart was at Bristol with me and she was hilarious in real life too. It's amazing and brilliant to see her doing so well!