Business, Family, Lifestyle


April 16, 2015

Ivanka Trump’s #WomenWhoWork campaign has been fantastic at profiling working women that are achieving totally incredible things. It’s inspiring women to get out there and live the life they desire.
You can read a fantastic interview with Trump in Marie Claire about whether trying to have it all is a burden on our generation, and whether her world-famous name has helped or hindered her. I LOVE that she highlights the value of work outside the day job – whether you’re training for a marathon, volunteering, studying or raising a family, these things all involve time and dedication just like your career, and they all deserve to be respected.

Here’s a question for you. As a woman who works, who do you look to for inspiration and wisdom? I made a list of the working mothers I admire (both alive and deceased). I was surprised to see how long the list was.
Ivanka Trump – real estate executive and entrepreneur.
Dr Fiona Wood – plastic surgeon and creator of pioneering treatment for burns victims
Sara Blakely – inventor of a selection of shapewear and hosiery
Stella McCartney – fashion designer with social responsibility.
Elle McPherson – ex supermodel with a signature lingerie range and a line of skincare products
Joan Rivers (dec.) – actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host
Gina Rinehart  – business women with interests in mining and media
Carolyn Cresswell – self-taught business owner of Carman’s Kitchen
JK Rowling – world-famous children’s author
Victoria Beckham – fashion icon, singer, designer and model
Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
Anita Roddick (dec.) – international businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner
Justine Roberts – Chief Executive and Founder of British websites Mumsnet and Gransnet
Angelina Jolie – actress, filmmaker and humanitarian
Michelle Obama – First Lady, lawyer, public speaker, fashion icon, role model, campaigner and advocate for poverty awareness.
Salma Hayek – actress and humanitarian
Laura Tenison – MD of JoJo Maman  Bébé
Cara Sayer – inventor of the SnoozeShade baby blackout blind
Jo Pavey – long-distance runner
Dr Amanda Gummer – leading expert on play, play development and child development
Wendy Shand – Founder and Director of Tots to Travel
Diane Von Furstenberg – fashion designer and creator of the wrap dress
Working women – Different kinds of awesome
All of these ladies are known for different things. Some of them are über-famous, others you might have to hop over to their website to see for yourself.

Who would be on your list?



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I’d like to think that this blog isn’t just about me tapping words out into the Internet. I hope it’s the start of a conversation between us, because if you’re here we are probably on a similar journey.

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I’m Michelle Carden, married to Craig, Mum to Ethan, Step-Mum to Drew & Alex and Founder and CEO of digital appliance company – CUSP. Behind the scenes at CUSP we’re creating the kitchen of the future starting with our first smart appliance evie (can’t wait to share with you!)

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