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In this is­sue I’m proud to show­case so many women who live or have lived life on their own terms. Con­sider, for ex­am­ple, Gina Miller who, in the past cou­ple of years, has en­dured re­lent­less, frankly dis­gust­ing abuse, sim­ply for ques­tion­ing a par­lia­men­tary process. The pol­i­tics – whether we’re Team Leave or Team Re­main – are ir­rel­e­vant. What she has been sub­jected to is wrong. I find her pow­ers of re­silience as­ton­ish­ing and I truly won­der where women find such reserves of strength. Rachel John­son dis­cov­ers on page 34 that Gina has, in fact, faced greater tri­als in her life than the Brexit fall­out.

Gina’s story lays bare how har­row­ing it of­ten is, in 2018, to be a strong wo­man with firm opin­ions and the courage to de­mand you be heard. Which leaves me even more in awe of some of the for­mi­da­ble women from the past. Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker, Frida Kahlo and Mrs Bee­ton are just some of the greats fea­tured in a new book, which we’ve cov­ered on page 44. They dealt with all our mod­ern-day scourges – body fas­cism, ageism and all man­ner of prej­u­dices – but in far less en­light­ened times than ours, and as such were of­ten the first wave of women stand­ing up for equal­i­ties that we ap­pre­ci­ate to­day. It’s amaz­ing, isn’t it, to think that Mae West’s mes­sage of body pos­i­tiv­ity is still one we need to hear – and it’s even more in­spir­ing to think that she was say­ing it in the 1930s and so was re­ally blaz­ing that trail.

But surely the gold medal in this is­sue for re­ally march­ing to the beat of your own drum must go to Olive Moy­ses, or rather now Mrs Olive Stark. At 75 years young, she’s taken the plunge and mar­ried for the first time. It’s never too late to live the life you re­ally want. Thank you for invit­ing YOU to your spec­tac­u­lar 1940s-themed day, Mr and Mrs Stark; you have given us all a re­newed faith in love.

En­joy the is­sue!


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