Positive News readers share their favorite women who inspire them.

Mar 7, 2024 | News

We asked our readers to tell us about the women who have made an impact on them. You have shared your opinions on women who have made a difference to you, from mums and wives, to trailblazing public figures.

We felt that Positive News could help us capture the value of women in our lives and society.

We weren’t mistaken. Your responses were dominated by mothers, followed by grandmothers and aunts. One reader from New Zealand even wrote a touching tribute to his wife.

You also nominated women who make positive ripples in public life: a comedian and a climate leader. Also, energising friends and galvanising co-workers were applauded. We also received many other brilliant responses from women who are making a positive impact in the public realm.

Thank you for your feedback.

“My wife is one of the most inspirational women in my life.” She has overcome so many challenges in her life, including loss, abuse, and the generational trauma that comes with being a woman. She is now a beacon of compassion, kindness and joy. She inspires me to be more authentic, to be resilient during times of struggle and to love more deeply.” – George Aotearoa.

“Katy Hessel [@thegreatwomenartists], Dr Emma Southon and others in their specialist fields who are doing their best to correct the male-biased history narrative: a really positive way to correct perceptions and improve the narrative for future generations.” – @tallyallylou via Instagram

“This year, International Women’s Day was my mum Rose’s 100th birthday. This quiet, capable and brave lady was my very first example of a woman who was able to survive adversity and provide for her family. I have had the good fortune to meet many other inspiring women since then, but she is the one that stands out for me.” – Lesley from Scotland, UK

Christiana Figueres, the UN climate change convention’s head, described herself as ‘human, practical, insightful, and so empathetic.’ She was the person who led the UN climate change convention to the Paris agreement of 2015. Image: Julien Paquin / Hans Lucas

“Christiana Figueres has been an inspiration to me. Her work, podcasts and book The Future We Choose gave me hope and helped me find my way out from the overwhelming eco-anxiety that was controlling my life. Her approach to her work is so humane, practical, insightful, and empathetic that it’s truly transformational. I hope anyone who is struggling with anxiety over the future reads her book.” – Sophie from Cumbria in the UK

“My mother. She has always been my role model. She has always been hardworking and glamorous. She is kind and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind. She has always told me to avoid doing anything that I don’t like or that makes me uncomfortable. She helped me and brother find our true selves sooner than we could have done without her. She loves us as we are and we support one another every day.” – Leah from Wales, UK

“Sandi Toksvig. She has remained true to herself, being funny, clever and kind, even when the industry (comedy), and society (she was gay before anyone else) had other ideas about her. She has been loved and respected by many people, and she didn’t have to force it with aggression or arrogance. She is a champion for women’s rights and has dedicated her time to making the planet a better place for women. I truly look up her.” – Ruth from London, UK

“While applauding women who boldly make an impact in public forums, let’s also praise the legions who make difficult contributions of forgiveness and patience, sacrifice, and love within their private sector of families, where true leadership begins.” – Mike from California, US

Heather from Perth was inspired by Rachel Weiss founder and chairperson of Menopause Cafe. Image: stock/Unsplash

“Rachel Weiss is the founder and chairperson of Menopause Cafe. I first became aware of Rachel Weiss and the Menopause Cafe when I was going through my own menopause. I found this amazing, unpretentious woman who was inclusive and had a great idea to create a place where people could support each other and discuss the highs & lows of hormonal changes. Rachel had a vision and she followed it. She did this on her own, without any financial backing. She ended up creating a charitable organization with over 400 cafe host around the world. Rachel is a voice for reason, expertise and optimism. I feel privileged to know her and have worked with her.” – Heather

Manda Brookman is a woman who inspires and motivates me. She is the director of the Permanently Brilliant Social Enterprise, as well as the CoaST Project. She is a pioneer in climate change, ecological change, resilience and creative disruption. Manda has been my colleague for over 20 years and she has never failed to inspire me, encourage me or stand by my side in all that I do. She is the most caring and loving person I know. The world is a much better place because of her. We wouldn’t be in this mess if we had more Mandas! Love her to bits!” Marja from Cornwall, UK


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