Three wise women: female founders who inspired us in 2021

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We looked back at the four uplifting problems of Positive News publication published this year and chose 3 of the women we included who influenced us one of the most. Here, we recap their stories to assist influence you for 2022

Kris Hallenga, Josephine Philips and Hattie Hasan stood apart amongst the women included in Favorable News magazine this year, by turning 3 fantastic (and extremely different) ideas into reality

1) Lessons from 12 years living with terminal cancer: Kris Hallenga.

” Were more pleased with people whove accomplished through pain and suffering than those who are just being unapologetically loud and proud and dazzling and wise and happy,” she stated.

” So, I want us to find our superpowers, our strengths, our big-ness without a terminal disease. I am providing everybody approval to exist completely without cancer.

” What I indicate is that I hope that there was something within me that would have powered me to produce something unique and do something remarkable with my life even without cancer. It shouldnt take cancer to do cool shit, I guess,” she said.

I desire us to discover our superpowers, our strengths, our big-ness without a terminal illness.

Much of that passion over the last decade and more, she has actually put into CoppaFeel!, a cancer awareness charity that Hallenga set up just three months after her medical diagnosis. Its objective is easy: to talk boobs. Or, more accurately, boobs with swellings. Schools, music celebrations, social media platforms; CoppaFeel! takes its message to youths anywhere they are, however it can.

Hallenga told us that she credits her longevity to exceptional medical care, a concoction of brand-new and not-so-new drugs, the love of loved ones, and, most significantly, an abiding passion for life.

Behind the severe message of the 17-strong CoppaFeel! “Spreading the boob love,” is how Hallenga amounts up their method. Compared to the usually sober world of medical charities, their positive tone assists to set CoppaFeel!

Kris Hallenga was in a reflective mood when we spoke to her for the very first concern of Positive News publication of 2021. It was then 12 years considering that she was diagnosed, aged 23, with terminal breast cancer and provided simply two and a half years to live.

Hallenga showed that cancer has helped her to be “cheered from the sidelines”, “to be enabled to be me”, and she urged everybody to seize the opportunity to do the very same.

Enjoyable and profane, Hallengas character helps CoppaFeel! reach young people. Image: James Bowden.

The above is an extract from an interview with Kris Hallenga by Oliver Balch. Read the complete short article here, which was very first released as a cover story in Positive News publication. Present a Positive News magazine subscription for Christmas..

This summer, Hallenga launched her first book, which has a typically tongue-in-cheek title– Glittering a Turd. (Her Instagram handle is @howtoglitteraturd). One revelation Hallenga has arrived at is concerning see that it isnt the metaphorical turd that made her excellent. Her greatness, for desire of a better term, was constantly within her.

2) The woman on an objective to make our clothes last forever: Josephine Philips.

” But as soon as I understood that shopping from these big brand names didnt line up with my feminist worths– their service success was developed off the back of the exploitation of bulk females of colour garment employees– there was no going back.”.

She is confident the app will show attractive, especially to members of the Gen-Z and millennial generations.

The Deliveroo of clothes repair work: Josephine Philips introduced the Sojo app. Image: Daphne Milner.

Around two and a half years earlier, Philips made a mindful choice to attempt to avoid fast fashion. Before ending up being mindful of its often-unethical supply chains and its environmental impact, Philips admits she was an “avid” customer.

The above is an extract from an interview with Josephine Philips by Lucy Purdy. Read the full post here, which was first released in Positive News magazine. Present a Positive News publication subscription for Christmas..

” From food to taxis, were used to whatever at our fingertips,” she said. “Given this, and the reality that the majority of us dont understand how to sew, Sojo is the best adapter. It links gifted seamsters who have a craft that has actually been established over years, and a younger generation that has lots of prospective because of their interest in sustainability.”.

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Users enter their postal code, pick a regional seamster and the service they require and await collection of their garments by a bike carrier. The clothing will be returned within five days, prepared to wear. Sojo currently just operates around zones one and 2 of London, with strategies to broaden: Brighton and Bristol are next

” I found that going to a seamster was too much time and effort, which meant I never got round to doing it,” she told Positive News. “Sojo was created to fix this.”.

Thus many innovations, it was individual need that led to the creation of the Sojo app. Founder Josephine Philips a 23-year-old graduate, desired some of her clothing fixed and tailored, however her sewing abilities werent up to it.

There was no going back once I understood that shopping from these big brands didnt line up with my feminist worths.

It is the first expert foray for Philips, whose previous experience consisted of waitressing, and interning at Depop.

3) The brains behind the UKs very first all-female tradespersons register: Hattie Hasan.

The register extends the work already being done by Stopcocks in training females in new skills to further their careers or set up on their own. There are also prepares to introduce a tradeswomens college and to train females to work specifically within the homes of susceptible individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse.

The UKs very first register of tradeswomen introduced this spring.

” Women are terrified to permit tradespersons into their home, not just out of fear of the men themselves, however since of the reaction of their abusive partner if they speak to the tradesman or provide him a cup of tea,” she told Positive News. “Being able to access a register of certified, fully certified tradeswomen is one way they can take back some control.”

For securing factors, the National Register of Tradeswomen is not a searchable database– instead personnel at the organisation personally assign validated tradeswomen to each task.

Having the ability to access a register of accredited, fully qualified tradeswomen is one method they [women experiencing abuse] can reclaim some control.

Main image: Josephine Philips. Credit: Daphne Milner.

Hasan and her group already have 300 validated tradeswomen on their books with many hundreds still to validate– and they are keen to add more. Far, most are plumbing technicians and electrical experts, with painters and decorators close behind in number, then carpenters and joiners, with a few plasterers, car mechanics, basic builders and roofing professionals.

A digger operator in Yorkshire, a tree surgeon in the Midlands and a stonemason in Scotland are among the professionals to feature on a national register of tradeswomen, which launched in March thanks to Hattie Hasan.

The above is an extract from this post, which was very first published in Positive News magazine. Present a Positive News publication subscription for Christmas.

Hasan, who founded Stopcocks Women Plumbers, wished to ensure that susceptible homeowners who feel much safer with tradeswomen are able to discover them. The not-for-profit project National Register of Tradeswomen is the brainchild of Stopcocks Women Plumbers founder Hattie Hasan MBE, who states the aim is to guarantee that susceptible homeowners who feel safer with tradeswomen have the ability to find them. Hasan matured in a violent home, so understands first-hand what females in comparable situations deal with.

According to pipes accreditation body WaterSafe, almost a third of women would prefer a female plumbing technician to deal with their home. Reasons mentioned consisted of feeling safer, being less most likely to be patronised, and relying on another lady not to rip them off.

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, a cancer awareness charity that Hallenga set up just three months after her diagnosis. One revelation Hallenga has actually shown up at is coming to see that it isnt the metaphorical turd that made her terrific. The above is an extract from an interview with Kris Hallenga by Oliver Balch. Check out the complete article here, which was first released as a cover story in Positive News magazine. Read the complete post here, which was very first released in Positive News publication.

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