‘Self esteem’ Confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. Self respect(Oxford Living Dictionaries).

Who is a confident woman?  Who sets the standards? I’ve known some confident women in my life. Some did not even realise it because they were trained by their own mothers how to hold your head up high even when you whole world is falling apart. These women did not have to do nothing for show they were not on a public stage. But through the ups and down of life they discovered the secret in self worth is not in the school you went to, who your parents are, anything with your background. These women seem to have made an unconscious decision to embrace what they have in their lives here and now, and do what needs to be done. If it meant having to raise the kids alone, they just got on with it.

If it meant having to care for their ill spouse they just go on with it. These women seem to understand that other women are not their competitors, but others they could encourage and empower if it was received.

How do you become a confident woman to be all you desire to be and to have all that you want for your life? Don’t you just get tired of settling for less than? Don’t you just want to date honest guys? Don’t you just want to spend quality time have fun with your real girlfriends?  I mean not the ones you have to impress to fit in right?  The kind that stick by you when you start to go through unexpected changes in your own life? So who is a confident woman? What does it take to become a confident woman? How do you define a confident woman? Is she the one who runs billion dollar empires or the one who is confident in her abilities and self worth in the role she plays or the work she does?


I decided to pick out women of all backgrounds and this is a list I came up with. Some are and were the quiet confident type and some are the live out large type.  However they appear to us did these women ever go through challenges the modern women faces? Did they ever have to deal with personal insecurities. How did they bounce back from personal challenges, and how did they even recover we would like to walk in their shoes…..just once…only a day…..

I will let you be the judge of that. Here is the list of women I found for you to read on. Leave me some comments on who you define is a confident woman. Can we all evolve into the confident women we need to become to enjoy life in all its fullness?  Here we go…..

1.Lillian Evelyn Gilbreth. Born in California (1878-1972), she was a consulting engineer and a household efficiency expert.  Raised 12 children her family was the subject of the movie ‘Cheaper by the dozen’ . Imagine her day-to-day life. That could not have been easy.
Cheaper by the dozen is a movie based on her family all 14 of them. Follows their travel adventures and day-to-day anecdotes. Don’t forget to click on the link to watch the full movie.

2.  Rita Levi Montalcini 1909-2012. She was an Italian-American neurologist who discovered the nerve growth factor. This changed the study of cell growth and development. She later received the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1986. (Source: Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia 6th ed. Copyright 2012. Columbia University Press).

3. Rebecca Cole 1846-1922  Born in Pennsylvania Philadelphia she became the second black woman to graduate from medical school in 1867. What was it like for her to study medicine and eventually graduate. What would her challenges have been and how did she overcome these?

4. Sally Kristen Ride 1951-2012. American Astrophysicist and Astronaut  Dedicated her life to arousing interest in sciences in the young and wrote 6 science books for children.

5. Julia Child. Aug 15, 1912. Wrote the book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, she travelled and made the most of every opportunity. Launched a TV show after the most difficult time in her life. She is also the founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food. You can read more about the lady with an appetite for life here.


Julia Childs.

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