Thursday 20th January 2022

What Is #CelebratingWomen? 2017.76.

What is #CelebratingWomen? 2017.76.

I recently read about Celebrating Women when a friend’s profile was on social media and then I read more about how this project came about. Here is the information about the person who began Celebrating Women, Dr Kirstin Ferguson:

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a leading businesswoman and company director, international authority in health and safety leadership and corporate governance, and sought after commentator on gender diversity. Dr Ferguson is also the creator of the widely acclaimed global #CelebratingWomen campaign.

An experienced company director and Chairman, Dr Ferguson has experience on ASX100 and ASX200 boards, private company, government-owned corporations and not-for-profit boards. She also sits on the Advisory Panel of a tech start-up incubator, and is the Chairman of the judging panel for a prestigious women’s leadership award.

Dr Ferguson began her career after joining the military aged 17 and went on to become the Dux of her Air Force graduating class at the Australian Defence Force Academy. After being posted to an F-111 Squadron, she studied law and spent almost a decade in leadership roles in a corporate law firm. Dr Ferguson then went on to become CEO of a global consulting organisation providing health and safety services in the mining and resources industry before commencing her professional company director career.

Dr Ferguson is one of the world’s foremost experts in safety governance and leadership having completed a PhD in the field for which she has received numerous awards. As well as a PhD in leadership and governance, Kirstin also has Honours degrees in both Law as well as History. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of both the Company Director Course and International Company Director Course. Dr Ferguson was also admitted as a solicitor in Queensland and New South Wales.

Dr Ferguson created the viral, global campaign called #CelebratingWomen in 2017. Using social media platforms to see more celebration and less denigration online, Dr Ferguson committed to celebrating two women, from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, every single day in 2017. The response to the campaign was overwhelming with women from more than 25 countries around the world participating in the project. The #CelebratingWomen campaign has been widely recognised for demonstrating the positive power of social media while making visible women as role models who may not otherwise have been seen.

An advocate for gender diversity and equality in the workplace, Dr Ferguson is a member of national and international women’s organisations including Chief Executive Women, Women Corporate Directors and the Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia.


One day I thought I would investigate further and on a whim, found the site on-line and answered the prompts, added 4 photos of mine and almost forgot I had done this. After I saw some other women’s profiles I went down that path of self-doubt and not worthy. Anyone else know what I mean? But then I was told I had cancer. What a game changer that ended up being, in so many ways.

This week, after a few on-line convos with Kirstin we decided it was up to me to continue to be part of it and I decided ‘YES’ because my story WAS important and that I would add the newest info about me: cancer.

How about joining in and sharing your story with #CelebratingWomen.

Look for @celebratingwomen or @kirstinferguson to see how!

I highly recommend it. There are 4 questions and you supply 4 photos. 3 of these below were ones I sent in. Here’s what appeared via social media on Wednesday 31 May about me:

This is Denyse #CelebratingWomen (Profile 298)

Denyse is a retiree, who now blogs, and is learning to navigate life after 40 yrs in education. Denyse has been married for more than 46yrs, is a mother and grandmother but has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Since the age of 11 Denyse knew she would be a kindergarten to year 2 teacher. Her career path in education let her to become a Primary School Principal.

Using three words to describe her life to date, Denyse says it has been challenging, interesting and successful.

Denyse hopes to inspire women to know there is a life to be made past the roles of working, caring and parenting. After her cancer diagnosis, Denyse says she is inspired by the love & best wishes for her recovery she has received online & in person.

Denyse Whelan Blogs.

Have a great First Day of Winter those readers who are in the Southern Hemisphere!


Joining with Leanne here and friends who blog when it’s the link up called Lovin’ Life.

On the weekend I celebrate life with Sammie and blogging friends here for The Ultimate Rabbithole.




  1. Thanks Denyse. This is definitely worth checking out. Good on you for registering with this organisation. I think you are more than worthy. I hope you have a good prognosis with your cancer. #TeamLovinLife

    • Good on you Kathy, Kirstin is just lovely and the form is easy to complete and you need to find 4 pics. I hope you explore the idea of becoming one of the women. Thank you for your good wishes. Much appreciated. D x

  2. Oh this is great Denyse. It’s too easy to put of ‘stuff’ until….. for me it’s always been ‘until I lose weight’ or ‘until I’m happy with myself or my body’. And meanwhile time passes and you just keep putting things off.

    I love the idea of celebrating women and their achievements. It’s also important I think to recognise ‘success’ of ‘achievements’ means something different to everyone!

    Go you!

    • Thank you Deb! So my challenge to you is… go to the site & complete the form! Your story would be a wonderful addition to the project too. Denyse x

  3. What a positive and interesting initiative, Denyse! Good on you for being a part of it.

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you SSG! And just as I said to the other commentors, why not put yourself into the challenge too! Your life has much to celebrate! Denyse x

  4. How had I not heard of this before?! Well done you!!!

    • Dear Janet, please go online to the page that’s there and fill it out about yourself. There are so many reasons why you need to do this too! Denyse x

  5. It sounds really interesting Denyse – I might go and check it out. I don’t have a twitter account so I’m not sure how it would go with the twitter stuff. Lovely to see so many women from different countries participating.

    • Leanne, do go to the website. You don’t have to be on twitter. It is for all women. We need to celebrate ourselves. Every person who has commented today needs to go and fill out the very easy form and add some pics!!!! Denyse x

  6. What a great campaign! Women should be celebrated! We’re pretty awesome! You are more than worthy Denyse. Good on you! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Min I hope that you too will be encouraged as I was. It is for all women from all over the world. Your story too is so worth telling. Do consider it, please!! Denyse x

  7. What a fabulous campaign. I’d heard about it, but hadn’t actually bothered to read about it. Until now. Finding the pics will be tough though. As an aside, your smile in your pics is fantabulous.

    • I am so glad you are going to do this too!! I hesitated then thought “nah” I do that too much. Each of us has story worth telling. I hope you find some pics. As for my smile.. thank you.. but it will be gone for a long while soon.. boo! D xxx

  8. Love this! #teamlovinlife

  9. Hi Denyse, what a great idea to promote positivity and celebrating women. I have checked out the page and I might give it a try although there a many women who have achieved so much on there. Congratulations to you as well for having your page highlighted. xx

    • It is good and if you read more about Kirstin you will see that she is Qld-based and that last night there was a special evening celebrating 300 profiles celebrated till now. I am #298. I hope you put yourself up there too. WE all need to celebrate ourselves! Denyse x

  10. What a great initiative and must be a real buzz for you!

    • It was cool especially when I had the doubts all of us have when something like this is on offer. I’d like to thing ALL women have a reason to be part of it. D xx

  11. What a wonderful project and you must be so proud to be part of it. You so worthy!

    • Thank you! You are on my mind right now…I am popping over to your blog for your Auntie’s Chicken Soup. I may adapt it somewhat but with the news that after my surgery I will be ‘liquids’ only for some time, I think I need to make and freeze me some soups! D xx

  12. What a wonderful campaign! And thank you for sharing your story with is!