A love letter to my feminist girls

This is a love letter to a group I’m in online. I can’t share the name because it’s closed, but they know who they are. To the women of this feminist group, I want to tell you how much you inspire me every day. I love that you are never afraid to show yourselves at…

A love letter to the women of the refuge

This is a love letter to some of the strongest and most inspiring women I know. I had cause to use a women’s refuge some years ago and the women I met there were extraordinary. From the support workers that assess the needs of incomers to the counsellors who guide us through those darkest of…

A Love Letter to Marie Curie

This letter is a love letter from Pierre Curie to his future wife Marie, in the summer following their first encounter. They would marry about a year later and become what is probably the most iconic couple in science history. Although society would often describe her as “the scientist wife of Mr. Curie”, Pierre recognised…

A love letter to Dolly Parton

I have a lot of love for Dolly Parton. From her music, to her style, to her sass, to her raw and unabashed joy in life. She’s kind of amazing and that’s before you know what goes on behind the scenes. Like most people my age, I grew up with her music. I know all…

A love letter to a grandmother

I want to write in the loving memory of the strongest woman I ever knew, my grandmother. I did not know her, of course, for most of her life. But surely she had to be strong as a young woman, becoming the wife of a sailor and raising two daughters. My granny as we would…

A Love Letter to Ditte

Dearest Ditte,┬áMy Crown Princess of Awesome, my sister flamingo, You are, without doubt, one of my best friends and meeting you last year was one of the best things I’ve ever done. After a year of terrible health and all the heartache that went with it, you have no idea what it meant to me…

Love letters

There’s a great swelling of emotion in the world right now and some of it has been downright inspiring. Like a lot of people, I watched the women’s marches and understood that there’s something going on here that’s maybe a bit deeper than politics; something under the surface that’s powerful and rich and rooted in…