Sunday 26th June 2022

What Is This Series Women Of Courage About? 104/2019.

What Is This Series Women Of Courage About? 104/2019.

In April 2019 I attended Newcastle Writers’ Festival and got to hear, amongst others, Author and Public Education Advocate, Jane Caro speak. Jane’s been known to me for a long time via social media, her other books and her involvement in promoting public education. She spoke at length of the roles we women have played and often at great loss or expense to our health, welfare and future financial security in her book Accidental Feminists.


Her written and spoken words really made me think.

Women do so much unsung, not necessarily because of not wanting people to know, but because we “just do get on.” I know that my life has taken some not great twists and turns and I realised I drew on resources of courage to do so.

This led me to finding out more about courage from others.


The words of Brene Brown helped inspire me in recent years.

“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognise the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.” 

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” 

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.” 

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” 

Her program, on courage, is on Netflix here:


My germ of an idea grew and initially I wrote to a few on-line and ‘in real life’ friends (although those of us on the interwebs count many as one and the same) and asked, after in introduction to the ‘why’ of the series, if they would become involved with a contribution.

My great joy was the response. Not everyone said yes, but many more said it and sent me back their responses. That was back in May when I started here with my post then one from Sam.

Not every person is a blogger, for instance here is Tracey’s story recently as was Margaret’s here.

Honestly, each and every post makes me think about courage. Every day courage. The kind that you don’t even react to, but do it anyway. Then there is the slow build up to courage, which takes us along to change.

Here on this page: Women of Courage are the twenty one (21!) women who have already shared. Do check them out if you haven’t. I am so grateful for their courage and responses.

Next week and until mid November there will be five more stories shared.

After that Women of Courage series is having a break for the lead up to Christmas and into January as I need to do some posts relating to Telling My Story (homework!) and more.

From February 2020 I have eight more women’s stories ready to go.


Here are the women who have shared their  stories to date! 

If you would like to share your story as a Woman of Courage, please let me know in the comments and I will email you the five questions!

Very much appreciate the stories I have been entrusted with for the blog series. Thank you all.


Joining each Wednesday with Sue and Leanne here for Mid Life Share the Love Linky.

On Thursdays I link here for Lovin Life with Leanne and friends and on Fridays, it’s Open Slather here with Alicia.

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  1. So glad to read the why and background behind this series. You have honored some amazing gals with Women of Courage. Will be anxious to continue meeting new friends as the series continues. But also interested in your ‘homework’. Is this project for a class? Do tell!!

    • I smiled at your comment! The ‘homework’ is getting me to continue to write my memoir.I have been doing it very slowly as blog posts and it’s taking me time to get motivated. But I will!

      Thanks for your very kind words and do let me know if you would like to feature your story as woman of courage.

      Denyse x

  2. This has been a wonderful series Denyse. What a great idea you had back in May. There a few that I have missed but I plan to return and catch up. Well don #MLSTL Will share

    • Thanks so much Jennifer.

      I had no idea of how this would work out as a series and I have been blown away by those who are sharing and their stories.

      Do let me know if you too would like to tell your story.

      Warm wishes
      Denyse x

  3. It’s been a really enjoyable and inspiring series Denyse and it was interesting to read what motivated you to start it. I love that you still have more to share – there’s always more to learn from the lives of others isn’t there?
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Thanks Leanne, it was good to take a breather and catch everyone up on how it started. I still have quite a few more stories to feature but chose to take the break for December and January whilst some people are away.

      Your comments on this are always so supportive and I am glad you chose to be a woman of couage and share too.

      Denyse x

  4. This has been an encouraging and enlightening series Denyse, and I loved that you’ve done a wrap up post as well as a description about what Women of Courage is essentially about (because I know I still need to write mine!) Onwards! xx #MLSTL

    • Ah Jo, don’t be worried about you doing yours until you get the chance. Once the November ones wrap up, there will be 2 months break and stories are ready to go for February.

      Thanks for your kind comments,

      Denyse x

  5. What an inspiring and enjoyable series it’s been so far Denyse. I’m thrilled to have been included among such a fabulous group of women. We all have a story to tell and sometimes it just needs to be let out. So thank you for drawing these stories and sharing with us all the reasons why you started it in the first place. #mlstl

    • Thanks so much Debbie, I am glad you and 20 others to date have been published.

      I think it’s a little bit sad that some women think they do not have a story to share but I know each of us has to be in a good ‘space’ at times to see our value and to share our stories.

      Your support and encouragement of the series is always appreciated.

      Denyse x

  6. Hi Denyse,
    I have loved reading this series…what a great idea, and lovely in execution.
    #MLSTL shared to SM

  7. I’m really enjoying the series Denyse – so many different stories. #MLSTL

  8. It’s a wonderful series Denyse. I look forward to reading each one and am honoured to have been included amongst those fabulous and courageous woman. xo #TeamLovinLife

    • Thank you so much Min.

      I like the fact that the stories are so varied. Not all courage is big, sometimes it is getting out of the house!

      Denyse x

  9. I’ve really been enjoying the Women of Courage series so far. I’ll look forward to its return.

    • Thank you so much. It will be back next week and have a break for December and January and I have stories lined up from February!

      Do consider letting me know if you too would like to share your story.

      Denyse x

  10. You’ve done an amazing job sharing all these stories of life and courage here Denyse x #openslather

  11. Wow! Look at that lovely “quilt” of incredible women you’re creating.

    • Without the women sharing their stories there would be no quilt.

      I feel privileged that they have done so.

      It’s lovely to know it will be continuing into 2020 with a break in Dec & Jan.

      Thank you Leanne

      Denyse x