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Inspiring Professional Women
This web page shares inspiring quotes and stories pertinent to the opportunities and challenges that senior women face in their careers, at work and in life. Ideas and contributions welcome.
Which women from history or the present day do you find inspiring?
Dame Stephanie Shirley was rescued from Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport and came to live in England at the age of five.
Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was born in 1880 and died in 1968 aged 87. She was deaf blind – she lost her sight and hearing at a young age, but refused to live like an invalid.
Joyce Irene Grenfell, OBE was an English comedian, singer, actress, monologist, scriptwriter and producer. She was a trailblazer and pioneer for women in comedy, a talented mimic way ahead of her time, doing one-woman shows.
Greta Thunberg is a sixteen-year-old Swedish schoolgirl and has been called ‘the climate change warrior’. She has been raising awareness about the urgent need to address climate change before it is too late.
The Baroness Hale of Richmond (Brenda) is described as ‘a legal trailblazer’. She is President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and is the UK’s first female top judge, sworn in on 2 October 2017, having been the deputy since 2013.
Michelle Obama was the 44th first lady of the United States and wife of U.S. President Barack Obama. Prior to her role as first lady, she was a lawyer, Chicago city administrator and community-outreach worker.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a writer at a time when very few women had a public voice.
Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do”
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