Stories That Dare

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...

Unapologetically, Fiercely, Shamelessly Love Yourself

When I was a teenager, I used to feel like a babushka doll. I was fat you see. I still am, but back then I only felt like that outer shell of a babushka doll, because that’s what I thought everyone always saw. For me, being fat came in a package of low self-esteem and...

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...

We’re Not In High School Anymore

If you were born after 1998, it’s pretty likely you’ve finished with high school (or are pretty darn close to being done with it). So, let’s behave like we’re not in high school anymore. I’m in my late 30s. Closer to 40 than 35, and definitely my high school self...

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

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...

Finding (And Amplifying) The Female Voice

Voice It was one of those mornings. I was meant to wake up, ready to get on the bus and head to my first lecture, but my bed and my apartment were just so damn inviting. So instead I pulled out my phone and scrolled through YouTube and Facebook, curled up in my PJs,...

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...

Doing It On My Own

How dare they? How very dare they? I thought again and again, as yet another woman left her relationship, sometimes an abusive one, and fell straight into a new one. Some of them got married. Some of them had babies with their new partners. Their new lives looked...

She Dared: Interview Series – Anna Kellerman

What was the moment you realised you could dare? For people who know me, it’s probably hard for them to believe I was a very shy child with terrible separation anxiety. My parents divorced when I was 3 years old, and those early childhood years were challenging. It...

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...

She Dared: Interview Series – Jordyn Hullett

What was the moment you realised you could dare? Or were you always daring? If you were born that way, what do you think influenced your inherent bravery? Throughout my reasonably short adolescent life, there have been many moments when I realised I could dare, it was...

Daring To Speak Up

Daring snuck up on me. I now know it has always been there, nudging me – propelling me towards the freedom to be myself. When I started work on an industrial site, I dared to wear men’s steel cap boots with a floral dress while they waited for stocks of women’s work...

The One YouTuber Your Daughter (Or Mother) Must Watch In 2018

You know those people who straight up make you love being a part of the human race? The people that no matter what kind of crappy and stab-myself-in-the-eye-with-a-fork day you have had, they somehow make you laugh? Lilly Singh is one of those people. She is by far...

She Dared: Interview Series – Heather Hartman

Heather Hartman is a Visibility and Confidence Coach and woman who dares. She helps women find explosive confidence in who they are and what they have to offer. "I've had battles with self-confidence throughout my entire life. Body image issues, depression and drug...

Crossing The Line – A Domestic Violence Survival Story

I was 20 when I met him. I was working in a bar, and my previous relationship had just ended. I’d been cheated on and heartbroken, and then Mike* walked in for a beer. He’d come in every day after he finished work to have a drink and we’d chat. Eventually, things...

She Dared: Interview Series – Nerida Mills

Was there a catalyst for you becoming daring or do you think you were born this way? I have always been somewhat daring. I’ve always pushed the boundaries that other people set of what was possible or “a good idea”. I’ve always wanted to lead and stand out. I was...

How To Survive The Feudal System Of High School

A very, very, very (Mum’ll say I need thesaurus.com) long time ago in Rome there was something called a Feudal System. Basically, the Feudal System determined the class of a person and was structured like a triangle. There were four main classes of people in this...

She Dared: Interview Series – Lauren June

What was the moment you realised you could dare? Was there a tipping point? A straw that broke the camel's back? A lightbulb moment? Tell us about that. It’s usually the moment I’m told that I can’t do it! The first time I dared was when my dad told me I shouldn’t...

Claiming Power Through Embracing Fear

There is something so powerful in doing the things we fear. My grandfather used to say “the only thing you should fear is fear itself.” And he was right! Over the last 6 months, I made a promise to myself to not let fear stop me from living the life I want. And...

Dare To Quit

I grew up, in the seventies and eighties, in an environment full of cigarette smoke. Family gatherings ended up in tears and coughs for me as a child. Later, when I made it into the adult world, the scenario continued. Meeting rooms would be filled with ashtrays and...

She Dared: Interview Series – Amy Kate Isaacs

I spent my high school years at a Queensland private same-sex school. At the time I heard people telling me that those years were ‘supposed to be’ the best of my life. For me, they were not. I was bullied relentlessly by two girls and it became progressively worse. It...

She Dared: Interview Series – Tori Crewes

When Tori Crewes discovered we planned to welcome video answers to our interview questions, she jumped. Makes sense, she works to empower women to level up in their business visibility by harnessing the power of video. A business strategist with twenty years...

I Dared To Question Who Could Change The World

As I drove out of the compound on my red and white Honda motorbike, I burst into tears. Those tears continued on my 30-minute drive home through potholes, flood water and sticky brown mud. As I walked through the battered, wooden door of my second story house, I sank...

I Should Have Been Smarter Than Bulimia

I’m a smart woman and I should have been smarter than bulimia. I wasn’t. It snuck up on me when I least expected it. In 1997 I was 26 years old and working as a veterinarian in the UK. The pay rate was high and most of the jobs I took came with a house and a car. I’d...

I Dare You To Go It Alone

I dare you to start it over and go it alone. When I was in my mid twenties I had a big, ugly break up. I was 25, had my own home and had had a string of relationships stretching back to the first boy who made eye contact with me back when I was 15. Eye contact, in...

Stop F*cking Apologising

I don’t often get on a rant (ok, I do rant a bit, but not that often). But today I’m ranting about me and about seventy-eight percent of the women I know and love. We need to stop f*cking apologising. And ‘feeling bad’. Every time we open our mouth and minimise and...

Bye-Bye One Hundred Thousand Bucks!

I have always done the right thing. Everything that was expected of a clever, middle-class girl. From school, to university, to a job as a teacher. I was promoted to Principal at the age of 27 and set about establishing myself as a thought leader in my field. I wore...

Women’s Business

Post-natal depression was a piano falling from the sky; exactly one week after my son was born. There was no chilly insidious tide for me; one moment I was your regular brand of nervous new mother, and the next, I was stunned, senseless and speechless. In the months...

About A Bikini And Love

Those of you who are mates with me IRL (ahh.. that’s In Real Life for readers without teenagers) may have read my social media posts or heard me tequila-ey slur (in one particular instance) about my campaign to be kinder to myself this year. I’ve been on a hate...

Why are we doing this thing? Because there’s enough noise in the world telling women what we ‘should’ be doing.

We should parent more consciously, but not be helicopter parents. We should take care of our bodies, but not be vain. We should make boys pay, but demand equal rights. We should dress appropriately, but also be confident in our skin, wear what we want, but not be provocative, oh and please feel comfortable in the world’s skimpiest school bathers but then wear your jeans to the formal because last year the boys looked up the girls’ skirts and so you’ll have to be the ones to modify your behaviour. Yeah. No. 

We are a mother and daughter writing team who launched a platform for women 14 –  104. Women who need to read stories of daring. Women who need to write them.

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