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99 reasons I know you can do it despite your fear

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In times of doubt or fear, I love to ask myself:

"What would  [insert name of a woman you greatly admire]  do? 

...and yes, absolutely frigging channel her!

Herewith 99 reasons in the form of amazing trailblazing New Zealand women, in no particular order mind, who followed their passion or calling DESPITE being up against it.

Note that said list is just the beginning – a tiny proportion of those we may call upon to inspire our own dreams & purpose, and doesn’t even make mention yet of those from our own immediate community & sphere of influence, or farther flung places around the world.

1   Dame Whina Cooper – leader, reformer

2   Helen Clark – politician

3   Mai Chen – lawyer, academic, author

4   Dame Jenny Shipley – politician, business woman

5   Rose Matafeo – comedian, writer, actor

6   Sophie Pascoe - paralympic swimmer

7   Farah Palmer - rugby icon

8   Lorde - singer, songwriter

9   Lydia Ko - golfer

10   Diggeress Te Kanawa - master weaver

11   Parris Goebel - dancer, choreographer, director

12   Georgina Beyer - mayor, politician

13   Anna Paquin - actor

14   Dame Mira Szászy – leader, educator

15   Dame Alison Holst - food writer, chef

16   Elizabeth Gunn - doctor

17   Kate Edger - graduate, teacher, suffragist

18   Judy Bailey - TV presenter

19   Whetū Tirikātene-Sullivan – politician

20   Dame Luamanuvao Winne Laban – politician

21   Jane Maria Atkinson – pioneer, community leader, letter writer

22   Kate Sheppard – suffragist, social reformer

23   Te Paea Hinerangi (Guide Sophia) – tourist guide

24   Hana Te Hemara – activist

25   Elizabeth Yates – mayor

26   Marilyn Waring – politician, feminist, activist

27   Frances Alda – soprano

28   Dame Anne Salmond – anthropologist, historian, environmentalist

29   Dame Naomi James – sailor

30   Nurual Shamsul – poet, blogger, Ms Universe NZ finalist

31   Jacinda Adern – politician

32   Lucy Moore - botanist

33   Aunt Daisy - radio broadcaster

34   Ruia Morrison - tennis player

35   Ethel Benjamin - lawyer

36   Joy Cowley – writer

37   Dame Rangimārie Hetet – master weaver

38   Jean Batten – aviator

39   Selina Tusitala Marsh – poet, scholar

40   Janet Frame – writer, poet

41   Nancy Wake – secret agent, war hero

42   Dame Silvia Cartwright – lawyer, court judge, governor general

43   Katherine Mansfield – writer

44   Elizabeth McCombs – politician

45   Dame Valerie Adams – shotputter

46   Elsa Kidson – scientist, sculptor

47   Hinematioro – chieftainess

48   Dame Lynley Dodd - writer

49   Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – soprano

50   Alma Johnson – TV presenter

51   Frances Hodgkins - artist

52   Dame Jane Campion – screenwriter, producer, director

53   Meri Te Tai Mangakahia – suffragist

54   Dame Ngaio Marsh – writer, director

55   Dame Sister Mary Leo – religious sister, music & singing teacher

56   Huia Matenga – leader, heroine

57   Constance Barnicoat – interpreter, journalist, mountaineer

58   Karen Walker – fashion designer

59   Eva Rickard – kaitiaki

60   Rosemary Askin – geologist

61   Mavis Rivers – jazz singer

62   Beatrice Tinsley – astronomer

63   Iriaka Matiu Rātana – politician

64   Barbara Kendall – boardsailor

65   Dame Augusta Wallace – lawyer, judge

66   Merata Mita – film maker

67   Tui Flower – food writer, chef

68   Yvette Williams – athlete

69   Arapera Kaa Blank – poet, teacher

70   Emily Siedeberg – doctor

71   Mabel Howard - trade unionist, politician

72   Melanie Lynskey – actress

73   Eleanor Catton – writer

74   Kristine Bartlett – aged care worker

75   Lisa King – entrepreneur, social enterpriser

76   Lecrecia Seales – lawyer, campaigner

77   Louise Nicholas – whistleblower, writer, advisor

78   Dr. Siouxsie Wiles – microbiologist

79   Alexia Hilbertidou – entrepreneur, leader, feminist

80   Laura Dekker – sailor

81   Kahupeka – healer

82   Ahumai Te Paerata – warrior

83   Mother Aubert – religious sister

84   Elizabeth Pulman – photographer

85   Mary J. Carpenter – suffragist

86   Marianne Smith – business woman

87   Winifred Boys-Smith – photographer

88   Margaret Cruickshank – doctor

89   Lady Victoria Plunket – child welfare advocate

90   Ettie Rout - war hero, campaigner

91   Te Puea Hērangi – leader

92   Kathleen Curtis – scientist

93   Bobby Angus – fashion designer

94   Violet Walrond – athlete

95   Rita Angus – artist

96   Kitty Kain – military leader

97   Edith Farkas – meteorologist

98   Joan Wiffen – palaeontologist

99   Rina Moore - doctor

Who are the women that inspire you?

Much love,

xAnthea

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