Childless & Childfree Women Role Models
CREATED BY JODY DAY of GATEWAY WOMEN: www.gateway-women.com Nomos (not-mothers) - both childless/childfree are invisible in popular culture; missing from TV…
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#NomoRoleModel Riane Eisler (1931- ) is an Austrian-born American cultural historian, systems scientist, educator, attorney, speaker, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired scholars and social activists. She is the author of many books including The Chalice and the Blade (1988). She is married and has no children.
#NomoRoleModel Queen Bilikisu Sungbo (800-1000 AD) was a wealthy childless widow who financed and built "Sungbo's Eredo" - a system of defensive walls and ditches, bigger than the pyramids, located to the southwest of the Yoruba town of Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. She is known as one of the greatest builders in history & built one of the world's cities, larger than Baghdad, Cairo, Codova and Rome. #WoC #BAME #BIPOC #BlackHistory #Childless
#NomoRoleModel Nadine Shah (1986-) is an English singer, songwriter and musician of Norwegian and Pakistani ancestry. Her 2017 debut album 'Holiday Destination' (about Europe's refugee crisis) was Mercury Prize-nominated. Her 2020 album 'Kitchen Sink' considers what it means to be a thirtysomething woman today: is it “wrong” that at 34 she is neither married nor a mother? Shah is childless due to endometriosis.
#NomoRoleModel Heida Ásgeirsdóttir (1978-) is an Icelandic sheep farmer and former model who serves as a deputy member of the Althing. She returned home from NYC for lambing season aged 20; to become, as a recently published book of her life has it: “A shepherd at the edge of the world.” Also a record of a year in the life of the farm and her environmental campaign to protect the area, it has been a bestseller in Iceland has now been published in English. She is single and childfree by choice.
#NomoRole Model Zandra Rhodes, DBE, RDI (1940-), is an English fashion and textile designer. Rhodes designed garments for Diana Princess of Wales and numerous celebrities. In addition to designing garments, she designed textiles for interiors, featuring her prints on furniture and homewares. In 2003 Rhodes founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. She is married with stepchildren and chose not to have children herself, preferring to put that 'creative energy' into her work.
#NomoRoleModel Dr. Bonnie Henry (1966-) is a Canadian physician and the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, the first woman in this position & Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She has a background in epidemiology and is a specialist in public health and community medicine. She has been widely praised for her actions in keeping coronavirus in check in British Columbia without harsh enforcement methods. She is divorced and has no children.
#NomoRoleModel Marietta Sangai Sirleaf (1970-), professionally known as Retta, is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She is best known for her role as Donna Meagle on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation'. She has appeared in several films and television shows, and has performed stand-up on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. She currently stars as Ruby Hill on NBC's 'Good Girls'. She has no children. #WoC #BIPOC #BAME
#NomoRoleModel Lisa Fischer (1958- ) is an American vocalist and songwriter. She found success with her 1991 debut album 'So Intense', which produced the Grammy Award–winning hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain". She has been a back-up singer for a number of famous artists including Sting, Luther Vandross and Tina Turner, and toured with The Rolling Stones from 1989 to 2015. She has no children. #WoC #BIPOC #BAME
#NomoRoleModel Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965) was an American playwright and writer, and the first African-American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Her best-known work, the play "A Raisin in the Sun", highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago. She died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 34. Hansberry inspired the song by Nina Simone entitled "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". She had no children. #LGBTQIA+ #WoC
#NomoRoleModel Merrill Nisker (1966-) aka "Peaches", is an iconic Canadian feminist musician, producer, director, and performance artist. Her first band was 'Mermaid Cafe' then the 'The Shit'. She has released 3 albums: 'Fancypants Hoodlum', 'The Teaches of Peaches' and 'Fatherfucker' and has toured as the opening act for bands like Marilyn Manson and Queens of the Stone Age, She has no children & identifies as bisexual. #LGBTQIA+
#NomoRoleModel Diane Morgan (1975-) is an English actress, comedian, and writer, known primarily for her character Philomena Cunk on Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, and as presenter of the mockumentaries Cunk on Christmas, Cunk on Shakespeare, Cunk on Britain and Cunk and Other Humans. Morgan is also known for her roles in Sky One's comedy series Rovers, alongside Wilkinson, Liz in the BBC Two sitcom Motherland and as Kath in the Netflix black comedy series, After Life. She is childfree by choice
#NomoRoleModel Alexandra David-Néel (1868–1969) was a Belgian–French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist and writer. She is most known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet, when it was forbidden to foreigners. She wrote 30+ books about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels, including 'Magic and Mystery in Tibet' (1929). Her work influenced Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, Ram Dass, and Benjamin Creme. She was married and childfree by choice.
#NomoRoleModel Jo Good (1955-) is a British radio presenter, television presenter, broadcast journalist and actress. Since November 2012 Jo has been presenting the afternoon radio show on BBC London 94.9. She also presents the late show every New Year's Eve as well as regular current affairs TV reports for BBC London, and is a regular columnist & magazine and newspaper writer. Divorced from her first husband, her later long term partner died in 2011. She is childfree by choice.
#NomoRoleModel Sugar Pie DeSanto (1935-) is an African-American and Filipino-American rhythm-and-blues singer, whose career flourished in 50s & 60s, with record hits and opening for James Brown on tour. She won the 1999 Bay Area Music Award for best female blues singer and in 2008 the Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Goldie Awards in November 2009. She was widowed when her second husband died in 2006. She has no children. #WoC
#NomoRoleModel Marge Piercy (1936- ) is an American poet, novelist & social activist. Books include 'Woman on the Edge of Time'; 'He, She and It' and 'Gone to Soldiers'. Piercy is rooted in her Jewish heritage, social and political activism, and her feminist ideals. Educated at the University of Michigan and Northwestern, she is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and remains active in antiwar, feminist and environmental causes. She is married to her 3rd husband and has no children.
#NomoRoleModel Margaret Rutherford, DBE (1892–1972) was an English actress of stage, television and film. In the early 1960s, she starred as Agatha Christie's character Miss Marple in a series of four George Pollock films. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1961 and a Dame Commander (DBE) in 1967. She was married and had no children.
#NomoRoleModel Olga Murray (1925-) is a retired American lawyer (one of the first female, immigrant, Jewish lawyers) and founded, on her own, the Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that provides education, health care, human rights, and housing for disadvantaged children in Nepal. The Nepal Youth Foundation was formerly known as the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation or NYOF. She is unmarried and has no children.