Celebrating the stories of those who dare

and those who gently say get lost* to the ‘shoulds’ and the naysayers

*or a derivative

I double dare you

If you are daring, we will be your witnesses. And loudly cheer your name.

What about if there was a platform where women were encouraged to do things they’ve been told they shouldn’t? Where you could be inspired by other girls around the world kicking goals in areas that aren’t traditional, or that are, who are smashing glass ceilings, taking aim and taking names, choosing a life that’s outside what’s expected of them?

How Dare She? is just one medium where stories of women daring to do the things they ‘shouldn’t’ are celebrated. Loud. And with marching bands and (biodegradable) streamers. The daring stories can be as small as shaving your head and as large as aiming for Presidency.

The Stories

Something Is Rotten In This State

Something Is Rotten In This State

While we gasp at the erosion and removal of Roe V Wade, we ignore our own lack of reproductive freedom AMERICAN HORROR: THE 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE A lot of us women here in Australia freak out when we see our friend America through the eye of our 24 hour news cycle, much...

The Givers and The Takers, And Then The Cookie Bakers

The Givers and The Takers, And Then The Cookie Bakers

My mother always told me; "In life, there are givers and there are takers. Be sure you know the difference." What is it that motivates people to give? To open themselves up to another, see what they need and fill that gap? Is it their incessant need? To be loved, to...

Becoming A Woman (Can Really Suck)

Becoming A Woman (Can Really Suck)

It's so romanticised growing up - becoming a woman. Growing into your womanhood. Taking your place amongst the generations of strong, beautiful women that have come before us, proudly. Becoming a woman (for me, at least) has been a big, hot, steaming pile of BS. I...

Love Yourself Through Thick, Thin, And Crohn’s

Love Yourself Through Thick, Thin, And Crohn’s

As I say goodbye to my kids at the school gate, I feel a slight change. I can’t explain it, but something feels different. Suddenly I’m conscious of my breathing and aware of every sensation in my body. It’s as though I can feel every air molecule touching my skin. A...

6 Things Young Women Should Stop Worrying About Right Now

6 Things Young Women Should Stop Worrying About Right Now

If you’ve ever been to the shops in the middle of Winter you will have definitely seen that gaggle of teenage girls squawking in the middle of the store because their eyebrows are “melting”. It's a catastrophe: the victim of the eyebrow melt is crying, her mascara is...

5 Tips For Living (And Working) With The Black Dog

5 Tips For Living (And Working) With The Black Dog

When I was first diagnosed with depression, I excitedly told anyone who would listen about it. Why was I excited? Because, in my eyes, a diagnosis meant a cure. I happily took my medication and went to therapy and waited to be cured. And waited. And waited. And guess...

Dare To Leave Home

Dare To Leave Home

2004 ‘Well, I guess this is it, right?’ I looked at my family holding back tears as I was about to go through airport security. Last hugs, kisses and reassurances from them, as well as a silent plea from me, hoping for someone to tell me not to go. ‘We love you,’ they...

There Is A Fire Inside Of Me

There Is A Fire Inside Of Me

I don’t remember the moment the spark was lit, possibly because it was so long ago. I suspect the moment two X chromosomes fused and deemed me female, was the moment the flame flickered into life. For 40 years it has been a slow burn, with the exception of four years...

Something Is Rotten In This State

While we gasp at the erosion and removal of Roe V Wade, we ignore our own lack of reproductive freedom AMERICAN HORROR: THE 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE A lot of us women here in Australia freak out when we see our friend America through the eye of our 24 hour news cycle, much...

The Givers and The Takers, And Then The Cookie Bakers

My mother always told me; "In life, there are givers and there are takers. Be sure you know the difference." What is it that motivates people to give? To open themselves up to another, see what they need and fill that gap? Is it their incessant need? To be loved, to...

Becoming A Woman (Can Really Suck)

It's so romanticised growing up - becoming a woman. Growing into your womanhood. Taking your place amongst the generations of strong, beautiful women that have come before us, proudly. Becoming a woman (for me, at least) has been a big, hot, steaming pile of BS. I...

Love Yourself Through Thick, Thin, And Crohn’s

As I say goodbye to my kids at the school gate, I feel a slight change. I can’t explain it, but something feels different. Suddenly I’m conscious of my breathing and aware of every sensation in my body. It’s as though I can feel every air molecule touching my skin. A...

6 Things Young Women Should Stop Worrying About Right Now

If you’ve ever been to the shops in the middle of Winter you will have definitely seen that gaggle of teenage girls squawking in the middle of the store because their eyebrows are “melting”. It's a catastrophe: the victim of the eyebrow melt is crying, her mascara is...

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Woman-friends gathered and I heard stories of births and tragedies and struggles. My dear friends brought their friends, women I barely knew, to tell me their stories. After each conversation, that phrase – “there is nothing new under the sun” – would pop to the surface of my thoughts, and I would turn it over and over. We strive so hard to be individuals, but when you’re in the deep ocean in the dark, hearing women you actually know – women with jobs and hair-dos and dogs and lives – have swum that same ocean and eventually found sand under their feet? Well. It just helps.

~ Kendall

Now, at 38, I really am fat.

And I’m bored of hating myself about it.

Because I’m also freaking glorious! And clever, and an award-winning copywriter with her own flourishing, unfunded business, and a mother to three amazing humans, and a foster mother to fifteen kids to date, and a successful wife, who makes her swooning husband insanely happy, and a good friend, and I can tap dance like a demon and I bleeding love lemon meringue pie, for goodness sake.

~ Jay

Why should it matter? School and work is a big part of our day and when we get there we naturally feel the need to fit in with whoever is stronger, but why? I have no idea what goes on in the human brain but for some reason, we feel like we need to make certain people impressed with what we do, and that is messed up!

Don’t let those Kings know they got to you, don’t do what they tell yo because there is one person who is stronger and wiser than a King.

BE THE FREAKING QUEEN!

~ Ella

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Why ‘How Dare She?’

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