Courage and resilience
Throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book. They are all gutsy women, leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.
Be inspired by ordinary women who have gone on the achieve the extraordinary. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton have collated ‘The Book of Gutsy Women’ , a phenomenal collection of essays about women who have made a lasting difference in the world. Listen to their interview about the book with Fearne Cotton on the Happy Place podcast and then delve a bit deeper into the stories of nine of these amazing women.
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“The gutsy women in this book share a fierce optimism that their work and lives will make a difference in the world. And, they’re right,” said Chelsea Clinton. “We hope readers will draw strength from their stories as we have, because if history shows one thing, it’s that the world needs more gutsy women.”Watch
An interview from 2004. Virginia Morrell interviewed Jane Goodall about her life from 1957 when she arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, to November 1960 when she made her first ground breaking discovery, one that changed the way we see chimpanzees as well as the way we define ourselves as humans.Play
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Writer and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her life and career, in conversation with Mark Lawson. She is frank about her extraordinary life, family and the issue of race in modern America. Radio 4 Front Row Archive.Play
The woman who brought down the Defense Against Marriage Act, discusses life after DOMA, the phone call she received from Obama, and her life with her late wife Thea Spyer. ( If you have more time look in the Xtra section for her New Yorker Festival talk with Arial Levy, 1 hr 27 mins ).Watch
Biographics explores how Helen Keller overcome her disabilities and beat incredible odds to become an inspiration to the world.Watch
In 2017, 23 Grand Slam titles winner, tennis superstar Serena Williams sat down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses. (In 2019 she successfully returned to the top 10 and was Wimbledon and US Open runner-up).Watch
Great Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ By Jonathan Watts for The Guardian.
Hawa Abdi, one of Somalia’s first female obstetricians who saved thousands during the civil war. By Nduta Waweru for Face 2 Face Africa. Her Ted talk (Mother and daughter doctor-heroes: Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamedis) is embedded in the article.Read Article
She’s on school reading lists and counts Hillary, Oprah and Beyoncé as fans. The author talks about motherhood, #MeToo and causing controversy. By Lisa Allardice for The Guardian.Read Article
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