Modern day heroines for future generations

Are there any?

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20/02/2013 at 17:55

Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the names I had in mind.  And Eggy, I absolutely adore Kristen Hersh - saw live in Edinburgh a few years ago and she was absolutely mesmerising.  Glad to say my youngest daughter has taken a real interest in her, which unfortunately means she's nicked all my CDs!

Not necessarily talking about hero worship, just acknowledging women that, in your youth for instance, you felt were noteworthy as strong/brave/tenacious/admirable individuals.

20/02/2013 at 17:56
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
D2D ?

LOL!

20/02/2013 at 18:08
Devoted to Dave? Lots of Love?
20/02/2013 at 18:24

Karren Brady - Successful business woman in a male-dominated field.

Clare Balding - Again, successful in quite a male-dominated field.

Victoria Beckham - Love her or hate her, she was successful in her own right before the 'Beckham' name, and she's become a savvy an successful buisiness woman after an (innevitably) short pop carrer.

20/02/2013 at 18:44
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
Devoted to Dave? Lots of Love?

Hardly!  Young David doesn't like my granny beard 

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
20/02/2013 at 18:46

Chrissie Wellington - superb athlete, intelligent, strong willed and a lovely person. After winning her Ironman races in 8 hrs and change, she gets her medal, does the obligatory media stuff, then spends the rest of the day and evening back in the finish area giving out the medals to everyone else, even the very last person over the line more than 8 hours after she herself finished.

20/02/2013 at 18:52

Have to admit I only found Chrissie about a year ago after she was featured on the Observer magazine.  She does come across as an exceptionally lovely lady and I now follow her on Twitter and try to keep up with events she competes in.  Also downloaded her book to my Kindle but have yet to find time to read it.

20/02/2013 at 18:53

I think you would have to go a long way to better the achievements of Ellen MacArthur - I read her book, absolutely amazing! Dedication, ingenuity, endurance and tenacity. A great role model regardless of gender.

20/02/2013 at 18:55
Juliefrazz wrote (see)

Karren Brady - Successful business woman in a male-dominated field.

..anyone that appoints Avram Grant to manage a football team deserves ridicule and sympathy in equal measure.. you're not a Millwall fan are you Juliefrazz?

Chrissie though.. no argument, and she seems just as much into the international development stuff as being a champion

Edited: 20/02/2013 at 18:56
20/02/2013 at 19:13
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
D2D ?

PMSL 

20/02/2013 at 19:35

I am betting the poster before said Maggie as a tongue in cheek answer but growing up I really did admire her greatly.  I had no concept of politics - all saw was a woman, surrounded by men, but in the position of the greatest power.  What's not to admire.  (remember - NO politics - just position and strength).

 

Even as an adult - I disagree with her politics but I am ready to admit that the world in the late 70s was different from today and who knows what I would have thought if I had been an adult and a voter then.  

 

I also admire Hilary Clinton and I really hope she becomes the next democratic candidate after Obama.  

20/02/2013 at 20:59
Crazy Diamond wrote (see)

Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the names I had in mind.  And Eggy, I absolutely adore Kristen Hersh - saw live in Edinburgh a few years ago and she was absolutely mesmerising.  Glad to say my youngest daughter has taken a real interest in her, which unfortunately means she's nicked all my CDs!

 

If you're a fan of Hersh her books make for interesting reading as well, particularly Rat Girl which is based around the early days of Throwing Muses.

Although I have to admit 16 year old Eggy fell head over heels in love with her step sister Tanya Donelly after catching Throwing Muses playing in Glasgow many moons ago. Still Muses was really Hersh's band and that voice singing Delicate Cutters live is something to die for.

20/02/2013 at 21:01
Kimya Dawson is one amazing lady.
20/02/2013 at 21:07

She did that one when I saw her, with that 'looking in to the distance in a slightly psychotic way' that she does when she's gigging.  Actual hairs on the back of the neck stuff.  She also did a fair amount of spoken word stuff that was so emotive you could almost feel the angst.  Would definitely see her again given the chance.

20/02/2013 at 21:13

Lance Armstrong !

20/02/2013 at 21:16
I saw her last year and would certainly want to see her again. Kimya is an amazing poet. I love that her genius is not fully recognised.
20/02/2013 at 21:19

I've seen Hersh play a good number of times with Throwing Muses, her solo work and 50 Foot Wave. Not once has she had anything other than having the entire audience is complete awe. She does have that psychotic/possessed by demons look while singing thing. I tend to find many acoustic set to be rather drab, but having seen her play a few acoustic sets now with her voice and those twisted beautiful songs is one of lifes great gifts.

I'm always first in the queue when she tours these shores.

Edited: 20/02/2013 at 21:20
22/02/2013 at 10:41

My daughter is 14 and I asked her who she looked up to as a role model, she said, 

 

Great granny Mary ..........., great granny mary who died last yr and who taught my daughter french and told her stories about the war.

Her second was Charlotte Dujardin 

and her third was Miss Davies a surgeon who helped my daughter to walk

.........she hates Katie Price 

22/02/2013 at 14:20

Definitely Hillary Clinton! I hope she runs for president

 


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