Monday 23rd May 2022

Women of Courage Third Series Is Here in 2021. 59/2021.

Women of Courage Third Series is Here in 2021. 59/2021.

Two years ago….around this time of year, I tentatively courageously launched Women of Courage series on my blog and here was what I said then:

I got this idea from attending the Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2019 and hearing the wonderful Jane Caro speak about her book Accidental Feminists. IF you ever get a chance to listen to or read Jane’s works they are very good.

What I considered after that day and in the days to come is how we women have a tendency to underplay our achievements and whatever else we are doing in our lives. I know this is changing.

Many of you know I have had the experience of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery and I am aware I had to garner a lot of courage to come through much of what has happened. However in my  courage post  you will read something different where I believe I was courageous.

For those like me, who are interested in attending the Newcastle Writers Festival in 2021, here is the link to the website. I was fortunate to attend the first LIVE event earlier this year when Festival Director (and Woman of Courage #49 found here) Rosemarie interviewed former PM Julia Gillard.


All the women’s stories from Series One (2019) and Series Two (2020) are here. 

In the 2019 group, there were 24 women who used their names and one who was published anonymously at her request.

In the 2020 group, there were 25 women who went public with their stories and four who chose anonymity.

Total: 56 women’s stories shared! Jane’s and mine did not carry a number.

First post in 2021 will be Woman of Courage #54.

I am excited, interested and curious about these stories from real life…and  now so grateful to be sharing women in a third series.

I hope you are too. I have asked over 20 women to date  who said yes, and have five responses so far which go live each Thursday after today….

There is always room for more, so if you would like to share, email me! or tell me in the comments.


I asked the first Woman of Courage, Sam if she wished to share any updates for her first post, found here,

And she replied “happy to leave it as is”….but “I have a new photo” and this, dear readers, is Teddy Roosevelt, who is already a STAR on Sam’s Blog found here. Thank you both!


And again from my first post…these words from Brene Brown.

“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.” 

Last year I began listening to Brene Brown here on her podcasts. She has two. I have checked out both from time to time, learning more and being inspired by other women of courage and some of  her guests are also from all genders and walks of life.

Next Thursday, 20th May, I welcome Woman of Courage #54 to this blog community for her to share her story.

See you all then too, I hope.


Joining with Natalie here for Weekend Coffee Share.


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  1. I like the Brene Brown quote and it sounds good that you are forming a supportive, courageous community.

    • Thanks so much Deborah. Blogging is an awesome place for sharing our stories and this particular series was enjoyed in 2019 and 2020 so bringing it back is a great joy for me. Let me know if you would like to share your story as a Woman of Courage.


  2. Oh I can’t wait! I just love this series… though I can’t really think of any acts of courage of my own. I’m sure there has been some but I just don’t really remember any.

    • Thanks Joanne, I love your enthusiasm and love for this series. I so appreciate it. Of course it WOULD be great to share a story of yours. Let me know if ever you would like to. I do not place pressure at all to do so, it’s got to be a want!


  3. What a lovely intro leading into your third series of Women of Courage. I’m so looking forward to it. Doesn’t Sam look soooo happy with the adorable Teddy? Makes me smile big.

    See you on Thursday! 😉 Xx


    • Thanks so much for your kind and on-going support for the series….I know, that as a contributor last time it was a privilege to share your story. Look out for a message from me!

      Yes, Sam and Teddy look amazing!


  4. Denyse, So wonderful that you’re starting the 3rd Women of Courage series. Sam and Teddy look fabulous. I look forward to reading WoC #54. Thank you for linking to #WeekendCoffeeShare.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Natalie. It is a super shot. Yes, I will be back next weekend sharing the stories. I will also be back to comment on #weekendcoffeeshare.


  5. Teddy is an absolute star! Looking forward to reading more stories…

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Agree! What a good ‘poser’ he is in the nicest sense of the word. Thanks for your support for the series Jo.


  6. Love Brene Brown!

  7. It was an intersting series, and an insight into some lives that we know but discovered we didn’t really know at all. And Teddy is the most fashion forward dog I know!

  8. It’s so good you are returning with this series Denyse, I’m fascinated by the lives of others and learn so much! I love that updated photo of sammie and Teddy too.

    • Thanks so much Debbie,

      I just hope people get to read them and comment. It’s different this time with link ups but I believe there will be enough interest.


  9. Denyse, you are an inspiration to many after your cancer diagnosis and treatments. This will be a wonderful round-up of women who have navigated a crazy world in the last year and beyond. Many of us have done things we never thought we would do, but here most of us are, on the other side. Looking forward to reading about more inspiring women and honored to be counted among them!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thank you Terri, what a lovely comment to start my day! Blogging brings our connections closer even if not physically and that has been (and will be) a great way to meet new people and to gain new friends…just as I have when I began Sunday Stills with you and your community.

      I am delighted to have you be one sharing your story along with those who have said ‘yes’ because even that tiny word is an act of courage at times.

      Just posted the first in the third series this morning, and now I look forward to my readers seeing her words and supporting via comments too.


  10. A bit late to the party but super excited about the third series and so honoured that I was the first in line of many inspiring and courageous women. Thanks for updating the photo too – Teddy is chuffed to bits!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Glad you made it.

      Thank you always for not only believing in this project when I first mentioned it but by being #1 and sharing as you did.

      Have a good week ahead, Sam.