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A-Z Of Inspirational Women N is For...

Hey Feministas,

Lets celebrate some amazing women again and feel inspired by their magical ways. As always if you are new to this series welcome and please do check out all the other amazingly inspirational women we have already celebrated! N stands for,,,

I was recently introduced to the works of the amazing Nancy Cunard. Writer turned political activist Nancy devoted a lot of her time and life to fighting racism and fascism. Through poetry and stories she inspired people to stand up for what was right. After falling love that was forbidden of the time just because of the colour of her partners skin Nancy wrote about this injustice and stood up to the world to fight for love for everyone, It wouldn't be the only time as she took a stand again in the war with her works inspiring fundraising for Spanish refugees. Nancy was also well known  for her cubist style fashion often adorned in huge bangles from elbow to wrist.


The beautiful soulful voice of Nina Simone has filled the hearts of many including mine. Music that stirs your insides and moves you, one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century her music still lives on. Nina stood up for Civil Rights and fought hard for equal rights using both her music and words to inspire others to stand up to argue for what is right too! Nina was a well educated woman who wasn't afraid to speak up for what she wanted. I dare you to listen to Felling Good without feeling empowered and inspired.


From one singer to another Dame Nellie Melba was an Australian Opera singer who took the late Victorian era by storm. Working hard in a classical career paid off and Nellie was named the first Australian classical artist to achieve such huge recognition. Singing in places from Paris to New York she became a well travelled and known woman which for the time becoming that successful and being a woman is inspiration in itself. She went on to cascade everything she learnt in teaching to help other people build themselves up the greatest gift anyone can give.


A woman who recognised that more women needed to be both in front of and behind the film camera was Nora Ephron. Writing lead roles for women and actively ensuring equal genders were represented in her films and crew. So much so that after her death an award in the Tribeca film festival is named after her. The Nora Ephron prize is a $25000 prize for best female writer or director with a distinctive voice. Encouraging more women to become engaged in the film industry and helping boost those who already are.


Women who write are always high in the inspiration list for me, Nancy Mitford although an upper class woman was a very witty and often provocative writer. Writing novels, history pieces and essays that kept many laughing and smiling. Encouraging women to pick up books which is one of the best tools you can arm anyone with, Nancy believed that everyone should be amused and be able to have fun in life and that is something we should all take on board!



Which N inspires you?

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these, Only heard of Nina Simone so love learning about the others

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  2. What a fab idea for a blog post - I would go with Nina Simone. Love her music x

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  3. A great list of women! I've only heard of half of these but it sounds like I should check out the works of those I haven't too. Nina Simone is always a favourite :)

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  4. All such inspiring women in their own rights. The N that inspires me most is probably Nan. My Nan.

    Hayley-Eszti x

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  5. What great role models, really inspiring women :) I love this post!

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  6. All of these are great role models and inspiring women. I can't think of any other "N"s but sure reading this will make me think about it tonight!

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  7. LOVE the idea of this series! I'd heard of a couple of these ladies, but didn't know much about what made them so brilliant. Love this :)

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  8. Lovely women. Never heard of anyone of them before so thanks for informing me.

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  9. great list of women! Such an awesome series :)

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  10. What an interesting post. I think the N that inspires me is a lady called Nancy who is so so creative. She is a massive role model to me. Angela from Daysinbed

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  11. They have all achieved so much and shown how empowering it is to be a woman. Girl power!

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  12. What a group of amazing women - I have only heard of Nina Simone. Great post. Kaz x

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  13. Nigella Lawson inspires me, ever since I got married I used her cookery books and tried to be a Domestic Goddess:-)

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  14. What some amazing sounding women - there really are some great roll models out there. x

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  15. great list here I would go with Nina Simone

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  16. Oooh what a fabulous series! I love Nina Simone and was singing that song in my head as soon as I saw her name pop up on the screen X

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  17. I love the post , it's interesting and educational too, great to learn so much about these amazing women .

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  18. This is such a great idea Kitty!! :) I loved reading this and it inspired me to do a post about inspirational women over on my blog. :) I had heard about Nina Simon and Nora Ephron before, and I was intrigued by Nancy Curard's bangles. I love bangles and it's amazing how many she wore.

    http://www.mookieslife.com

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  19. Has to be Nancy Mitford for me, I love books and love how they empower people in a variety of ways. x

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  20. What an inspiring post and what inspirational women, I loved this post!

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  21. ive not heard of any of these but reading them, they are very inspirational. I'm reading up on them atm :)

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  22. Ive never come across any of them in detail, I have heard of Nina Simone, but knew very little about her.

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  23. Nina Simone - beautiful lady, beautiful voice, beautiful soul

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  24. What an incredible post! Personally I'm inspired by my Nan. Cliched but true, she's an incredible woman.

    Love Em | www.emilyrosevass.com

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  25. This was so interesting to read, I love Nina Simone!
    Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk

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