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Brilliant women you admire

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ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 23-Mar-10 01:12:25

Thought it might be nice to have a thread to celebrate the women, past or present, who have achieved great things (conventionally "great" or not), and who inspire you.

Most of mine are writers, but I have to put in a word for Ada Lovelace, who invented computer programming (and thus, eventually, MN grin).

Also, Malalai Joya, an Afghan campaigner for women's rights and other human rights. She stands up to the warlords fearlessly, in a way that no-one else (even our own government with their own army) does. Profile in the Independent here

Who do you admire, and why?

EldritchCleavage Wed 20-Mar-13 21:39:47

Gareth Pierce. Solicitor who has taken on the cases of the unpopular, the demonised, the apparently completely guilty and fought them hard, exposing miscarriages of justice in the process.

CarnivorousPanda Wed 20-Mar-13 21:34:23

Marie Curie. Won the Nobel prize twice.

Elizabeth the First. Assembled a brilliant court. Highly intelligent, showed a woman could rule effectively.

Hilary Clinton high profile, influential politician.

FreudiansSlipper Tue 19-Mar-13 08:05:50

Maya Angelou

I know why the cadged bird sings is a must read

runningforthebusinheels Tue 19-Mar-13 07:51:42


TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 18-Mar-13 01:37:55

Ooh I missed this thread first time round. It's a goodie.

Childrenofthestones Mon 18-Mar-13 00:55:04

LittlePushka Tue 23-Mar-10 01:26:20
Ellen McArthur...because she knows about dreams, adversity, risk, terror and tenacity , she is interesting, self- depracting, driven and she just gets on with it...totally.

had I not bore sons, I'd have named a daughter after her

I had a daughter and did.
But my nomination is Erin Prizzey and brave and principled woman.

PretzelTime Sun 17-Mar-13 23:24:14

Hmm, this thread is 3 years old. Why do the trolls bump such old threads?

On topic I have to say I'm immensively grateful for the hard work of all the suffragettes.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sun 17-Mar-13 22:26:52


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ElephantsAndMiasmas Mon 29-Mar-10 00:49:57

So glad this thread was revived, I've just spent a fascinating half hour reading up on all these wonderful people.

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 28-Mar-10 23:04:43

Jo Brand and Joan Bakewell are my two favourite women in the public eye.

CastleDouglas Sun 28-Mar-10 23:03:32

That should have read as 'disenfranchised South Africans in the apartheid era'. Duh!

CastleDouglas Sun 28-Mar-10 23:02:17

Helen Suzman, for her effort on behalf of all disenfranchised South Africans, and her promulgation (sp?) of womens' rights in RSA.

For anyone interested, her memoirs 'In No Uncertain Terms' in worth a read.

Granny23 Sun 28-Mar-10 21:59:45

I was going to nominate all the woman who are or were Women's Aid workers particularly in the early days of the movement. But on consideration I nominate the thousands of brave, determined women who have successfully managed to extricate themselves and, most importantly, their children from abusive relationships, providing not only inspiration to the Women's Aid workers and other women embarking on the same perilous journey but living, real, defiant proof that male dominance or abuse will not be tolerated.

MinnieMalone Sun 28-Mar-10 21:29:36

sorry Maggie Aderin-Pocock

MinnieMalone Sun 28-Mar-10 21:28:50

Oh, all of these. Rosa Parks and the fabulous Malalai Joya both huge ones for me.

[[ Maggie Aderin-Pocock]] is a recent discovery. Inspirational space scientist and generally super dooper clever woman.

nigglewiggle Sun 28-Mar-10 21:19:32

Shami Chakrabarti. She is incredibly intelligent and articulate. I don't always agree with what she has to say, but I admire her passion and conviction. I also love the way that she can cut politicians down to size whilst always maintaining a restrained sense of dignity.

CMOTdibbler Sun 28-Mar-10 21:12:01

All of the above. Plus Mary Seacole, Rosalind Franklin, Irene Joliot Curie (she carried on the work that had killed both her parents), and Ilora Finlay. Ilora is responsible in part for the massive changes in palliative medicine - she was the first professor of it, and has really turned it into a proper medical speciality.

TinaSparkles Sun 28-Mar-10 21:07:24

Not for feminist reasons, more on a humanistic level, but I've always admired Jane Goodall, the primatologist (okay had to look on Wiki for that!).

Find her work and life fascinating and makes me appreciate that we as primates ourselves, are still very much animals.

BelleDameSansMerci Sun 28-Mar-10 20:56:14

When I read the thread title my first thought was "My mum". Which astonished me and would horrify her... She made me the strong, independent, hard working, non-bullshit tolerating woman I am.

In addition:

All the suffragettes (do you know about the force feeding during hunger strike in prison?).

Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma).

And I know Florence Nightingale was wrong and contributed unknowingly to the deaths of many but I still admire her for her determination and her behaviour when she found she was wrong. Tragic.

Oh God, so, so many fantastic women. Lots of 'em on here!

KerryMumbles Sun 28-Mar-10 20:53:29

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Nelvana Sun 28-Mar-10 20:53:08

Ursula Franklin, scientist, pacifist, activist

southeastastra Sun 28-Mar-10 20:48:32

sinead o'connor for having balls
kate bush ditto

KerryMumbles Sun 28-Mar-10 20:47:10

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