Category Archives: Friday’s Fabulous Female

International Women’s Day, Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and the Struggle

On this years International Women’s Day, I encourage you to learn more about AI diseases, especially what signs and symptoms to watch out for, get to know your family’s medical history, and help educate other people on the seriousness and importance of recognizing, treating, studying and researching AI diseases.

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Hild by Nicola Griffith

Hild by Nicola Griffith is the imagined early life of St. Hilda of Whitby, one of the most powerful early converts to Christianity in England. It is clear that Griffith has done an astonishing amount of research, as she envelops you in a seventh century England that you can see, smell and almost touch and feel. …

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Writer’s Wednesday: First Crush: The Pursuit of Brave (Self) Love by Mara Glatzel

Mara Glatzel is one of my favourite coaches, time and time again her blog posts and newsletter love notes have broken through my shell and hit me right where I needed it. When it comes to courageous and brave self-care and self-love, she’s the first person I turn to. I love her thoughts on the need for …

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Friday’s Fabulous Female: Helen Bamber

  This week’s Fabulous Female is Helen Bamber, an amazing woman who went to the Belsen concentration camp to help Holocaust survivors at merely the age of 18, and who has never stopped fighting for people. Today at the age of 87 she is still fighting for victims of torture and trafficking, through her non-profit …

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Fabulous Female: Mathilde Fibiger (the First, Danish Feminist

This week’s Fabulous Female is Mathilde Fibiger, the first Danish feminist. I read a biography about her called ‘Passionsblomsten’ (The Passion Flower), which is by Bodil Wamberg. All quotes from the book (or from Fibiger’s writings) are my translation from Danish. Mathilde Fibiger, photographed by Thora HallagerWikipedia Fibiger was the first to bring the issue of …

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Fabulous Female: Somaly Mam

  This weeks Fabulous Female is Somaly Mam, the amazingly strong woman who fights against sex trafficking and prostitution in Cambodia. Reading her book The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine about two years ago made a huge impression on me. Somaly Mam was born in the early 70’s as part of …

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Fabulous Female: Paula Rego

This week’s Fabulous Female is Paula Rego, a Portuguese painter famous for her depictions of young girls and traditional fairy tales. She has acknowledged that Simone de Beauvoir‘s The Second Sex has influenced her a great deal. Rego has in her paintings dealt with such diverse topics as abortion, female genital mutilation, rape, desire, childbirth, dominating and …

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Fabulous Female: Malalai Joya

This weeks fabulous female is Malalai Joya, known as “the bravest woman in Afghanistan”. Born in 1978, in Farah, Western Afghanistan her family had to flee in 1982 to Iran. Wikipedia She started her humanitarian work very young, when she was only in 8th grade: “I started working as an activist when I was very young, grade …

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Fabulous Female: Caster Semenya

This weeks Fabulous Female is (Mokgadi) Caster Semenya, the young female athlete who back in 2009 was accused of not being a woman, and has since then undergone various tests before finally, in 2010, being allowed to participate in international competitions again. Wikipedia Born in 1991, she was only 18 when these events took place. Going through …

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Fabulous Female: Emma Thompson

This week’s Fabulous Female is Emma Thompson, and while she’s probably most famous for being an Oscar-winning actress with roles in The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility, An Education, Love Actually and the Harry Potter movies, she’s actually also a screen writer (she adapted Sense and Sensibility for the screen herself) and a human rights activist, …

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