There’s a Wonder Woman in all of us

Boxing Betty is more than just a women’s only boxing bootcamp. It’s also about bringing out the best in ourselves and each other. If I was to pick the theme song, it would be Helen Reddy’s song “I am woman” (humming in my head “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman!!”) – cheesy I know!!! Maybe I should pump up the song during bootcamp?

As this site is new, I would like to set an agenda. Every Friday, I will be introducing an inspiring woman. It will be a regular feature called TGIF – Thank Goodness I’m Female. So keep an eye out tomorrow for the first TGIF. I am open to suggestions if you would like me to feature anyone you know.

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Speaking of inspiring women, Westpac and the Australian Financial Review are running the 100 Women of Influence Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate inspiring women across a range of industries and the community who work tirelessly to help shape a vibrant and inclusive future for all Australians. I encourage you to use your influence to nominate yourself or someone you know at 100womenofinfluence.com.au

Professor Adele Green, was last year’s overall Women of Influence award winner. Her influential work was proving that daily sunscreen use can halve the risk of melanoma. The greater understanding Adele has given us of this insidious disease is, of course, particularly relevant for us here in Australia when you consider that 11,000 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every year.

The award categories are:

Board / management
Women working in a management role or on a board in public or private companies. You might be running a team, a key project, or developing strategy and your influence extends beyond your formal role to personal support, mentoring and networks

Public policy
Women working in the public sector at either local, state or federal level. This may include those working in agencies or in an advisory role to influence and change public policy to support better social inclusion and equity.

Diversity
Women who have dedicated themselves to consistently advocating for a more diverse workforce and who have helped make the change happen. This includes advocacy in the boardroom, in government, lobby groups, in small or large businesses or the community.

Business enterprise
Women who are business founders, owners, operators or part-owners and are actively involved in the

Head to 100womenofinfluence.com.au for more information.

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You are disgusting fat and ugly, no one wants to be with you.

You are so disgusting. You shouldn’t go out. Your husband doesn’t want to be with you. You are gross. Look at how your tummy wobbles. Look at those stretch marks – you are scarred for life. You are hideous. You’re not so desirable any more, are you Taz!

These are the words that Taryn Brumfitt would repeat to herself, reminding her of how unworthy she was and how undesirable she felt. This was before she found Body Image Movement – a campaign about self respect and embracing your body.

Her campaign has been so successful that it has changed the way thousands of women are viewing themselves. Her video below has captured the interest of Rosie O’Donnell who has has invested in Taryn’s latest project which is a documentary on this movement.

Tarryn’s journey and transformation is unique and ‘backwards’ from a bikini body to a happier and curvaceous body. She is seen as embracing her cellulite, stretch marks and a softer appearance. Her campaign highlights just how much women put pressure on themselves and their bodies. According to The Butterfly Foundation, 90% of Australian Women believe that negative self image is an issue in our society. It is estimated that approximately one in every 100 Australian adolescent girls will develop anorexia nervosa and approximately five in 100 Australians develop bulimia according to Eating Disorders Victoria.

Check out the documentary trailer & let me know what you think. It is an emotional video and no doubt will challenge your views on your body. Have you embraced it?