Posted on August 4, 2014
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As part of our What I See Campaign, we’re joining forces with 18 ambassadors: women who’ve achieved an awe-inspiring amount in their chosen field. They’ll be contributing to our What I See…Features Series, so you can hear a bit about their experiences.
So we’re delighted to introduce you to Jody Day, writer and communications expert. In 2011 she founded Gateway Women – a friendship and support network devoted to supporting, inspiring and empowering women who are childless by circumstance. The Gateway Women Online Community has been reviewed as the best online community in the world for childless women and has a global reach across the English-speaking world - one member described it as 'support for the hard stuff and enthusiasm for the good stuff.'
She has studied integrative counselling and psychotherapy and is committed to giving a voice to the childless generation. She coined the term ‘NoMo’ (not-mother) which has been picked up by the media and is under consideration for inclusion in the Oxford Online Dictionary.
Gateway Women is collaborating with the Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies on their research project, ‘Ageing without Children’, and Jody's new book, 'Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Life without Children', will be published this month. The Jo Cameron Achievers’ Academy nominated her as a Women’s Champion in 2012.
We’re really excited about what Jody can bring to the project, because Gateway Women gives a voice to childess women - at What I See we’re all about voices. Here’s a snippet of Jody’s:
“Not only had I got lost in the whole quest to become a mother but I’d actually lost my abilities to dream alternative futures… That was the beginning for me of what became Gateway Women…. When I look in the mirror, I see someone I’m happy to know. And that feels really good.”
You can hear the rest of what Jody has to say here. We’ll be introducing you to a new ambassador every day until October 1, so stay tuned!