Gateway Women: Childless & Childfree Women Role Models

Women without children (NoMos) are invisible in popular culture - we're missing from TV, films, radio, novels and women's magazines... apart from distorted and outdated stereotypes like 'career woman', 'bitter spinster', 'Bridget Jones', 'evil stepmother' etc. Check out this gallery of women who have been or are 'childless' (not by choice) or 'childfree' (by choice). You have more sisters than you realised! To nominate a woman, email me jody@gateway-women.com | www.gateway-women.com
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#nomorolemodel Hope Bourne (1920-2010) was a British writer and naturalist. At 52, heartbroken when the man she loved married another, she chose to live alone and fend for herself in a remote valley on Exmoor. “For money, you sell the hours and the days of your life, which are the only true wealth you have,” she wrote. “You sell the sunshine, the dawn and the dusk, the moon and the stars, the wind and the rain, the green fields and the flowers... You sell health and joy and freedom.”

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#nomorolemodel Stacy London (1969- ) is an American stylist/fashion consultant, author, and magazine editor known primarily for her time as co-host on "What Not to Wear", a reality television program that featured wardrobe and appearance makeovers. She wrote frankly about her history of eating disorders and being single in her memoir "The Truth About Style". She has no children.

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#nomorolemodel Lisa Snowdon (1970) is a British model. In 2016, as part of the TV Show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" she said of her childlessness that ‘It’s a weird one because it’s so hard. I left it kind of late. I didn’t find anybody that I wanted to actually be with and I didn’t want to have kids to just have kids'.

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#nomorolemodel Gertrude Bell, CBE (1868-1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, spy and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped support the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. She was unmarried and had no…

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#nomorolemodel Madeleine Kahn (1942-1999) was an American actor. Much of her finest work was under the direction of Mel Brooks, including 1974's Young Frankenstein and 1977's High Anxiety. In 1998, Kahn lent her voice as Gypsy in the animated film 'Bugs Life'. She died at 57 from ovarian cancer. She was married and had no children.

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#nomorolemodel Rowena Cade (1893-1983 ) was a British theatre impressario who designed, built and ran the Minack Theatre, an open air amphitheater, in Cornwall. One of the 2 million 'Surplus Women' left single and childless by the First World War, Cade built a house for herself and her mother with her own hands and also took in hundreds of evacuated children during the 2nd World War. www.minack.com

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#nomorolemodel Bibi McGill (1965- ) is an American guitarist, yogi, musician and entrepreneur, best known as the lead guitarist and musical director of Beyoncé's backing band, the Suga Mamas. She's also a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher and has her own line of Kale Chips. She has no children.

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#nomorolemodel Lynne Truss (1955- ) is an English writer and journalist. Her book Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation was a best-seller in 2003. In a 2005 interview with the New York Times Magazine she said 'To some people, the fact that I am not married, or don't have children, would be the reason I have written a book on punctuation.'

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#nomorolemodel Nan Shepherd (1893–1981) was a Scottish novelist, poet and English Literature lecturer, and is soon to become the face of the new Scottish £5 Note. She was known for her feminist beliefs which were way ahead of her time. She never married and had no children.

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#nomorolemodel Dr Sharon Blackie is a writer, a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies. She is the author of the novel 'The Long Delirious Burning Blue' and the non-fiction title "If Women Rose Rooted" about women in Celtic mythology. She lives in Ireland with her husband and has no children.

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