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One of the greatest sources of inspiration for living your life as a true Daring Female is learning about other Daring Females who are chasing their passions, exploring their creativity, taking a stand, or pushing their own boundaries. Check this page often for your shot of inspiration and motivation and I hope that as you take on your own dares, you'll want to share them with the rest of our Daring Female community. (Just click on the Share & Win a T-Shirt button to the left!)

If you know of a Daring Female, I invite you to nominate her to be profiled on this site. Just send an email to natasha at daringfemale.com and tell me about her and what makes her a Daring Female. Please also include an email address so that I can contact her for an interview.

 

 
 
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It takes a true Daring Female to be a writer, to express herself, to commit to working hard, and to figuring out the endless maze of the publishing world. Some of the Daring Female writers featured here have succeeded in getting their work published - CONGRATULATIONS to all of them! - and some are still working on it. But all of their personal stories are inspiring and their writing is as diverse as they are. Take a look and let their stories be the motivation you need to start writing!

 
   
  Janice Taylor  

Janice Taylor quit her job and became a Weight Loss ArtistTM. A Weight Loss ArtistTM is someone who makes art about food instead of eating it and loses weight. Janice lost 50 pounds this way and went on to create a popular website to share her ideas and inspiration with others. You don’t want to miss this interview!

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  Jenn Satterwhite  

Jenn Satterwhite is a mom, a blogger, a writer, and one gutsy and brutally honest Daring Female. Check out her interview and you never know, you might be off to start a blog or tell someone exactly how you feel without trying to sugar coat it!

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  Nichelle Stephens  

Nichelle Stephens is a blogger, writer, performer, and producer of Chicks and Giggles, a comedy show for women that she founded in New York City. She is currently working on a book about cupcakes based on a blog she writes with a few friends. Click the arrow below to check out my interview with Nichelle.

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  Katya Grineva  

Katya Grineva came to the U.S. from Moscow as a teenager in 1989. She had one dream: To one day perform at Carnegie Hall. Her dream came true in 1998 and she will be performing there for the 8th time on June 1, 2006. Read Katya’s interview and inspire the inner artist in you.

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  Lisa Hammond  

Lisa Hammond quit her job managing a construction company to create Femail Creations, a catalogue that sells products made by women. She is a mom, an entrepreneur, an author, and someone who genuinely cares about the women she works with and helps to empower.

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  Trina Read  

Trina Read went from being a corporate executive to a sex expert and speaker. Wow – talk about being a Daring Female, following your passion, and having serious guts!

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  Patty Brisben  

Divorced, 4 kids, $7,000 in the bank, no job. This is where Patty Brisben found herself back in 1993. While most of us would want to climb into bed and cry our eyes out in that situation, Patty dared herself to define her own destiny and start a company. Today, Pure Romance is a $53 million company and Patty continues to be an incredible example of a truly Daring Female. This is one interview you don’t want to miss!

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  Michele Madhok  

Michelle Madhok left a successful career at a prestigious media company to create SheFinds.com and SheFindsMom.com, online publications that help busy women (and which Daring Female isn’t busy!) everywhere shop the web for the latest beauty and style finds.

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  Jane Roberts  

Jane Roberts is the co-founder of the 34 Million Friends project. 34 Million Friends is designed to raise the $34 million that was lost when the Bush Administration withdrew its support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The idea is to get 34 million Americans to donate one dollar; so far the project has raised $2.7. Jane is so refreshing and inspiring - you don’t want to miss her interview!

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  Anna Levesque  

Anna Levesque is a world-class kayaker and the founder of Girls at Play, a company that is committed to increasing the number of female participants and enthusiasts in whitewater kayaking by making paddling accessible, fun and inspiring. She has produced two whitewater kayaking instructional videos for women (the first and only ones) that really shook up the whitewater industry. No one before talked about the mental and emotional sides of kayaking.

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  Fran Capo  

Fran Capo has done more things in her life than many of us will do in our lifetimes! She holds the Guinness Record for being the Fastest Talking Female in the world, has written nine books and held book signings at the top of a mountain and 12,000 below sea level, performs as a comedienne, actress, voice-over and motivational speaker, and has taken on numerous other adventures. She lives with incredible passion, excitement, and appetite for adventure and I bet that if you read her interview you’ll be on your way to planning your next adventure in no time.

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  Kristin Armstrong  

Imagine going from world-class swimmer to runner to triathlete to Olympic cyclist while dealing with the pain of severe arthritis. Kristin Armstrong - not Lance's ex-wife, but coincidentally the #1 ranked female U.S. cyclist – has done just this. Look out for her at the 2008 Olympics and check out her interview in the meantime.

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After you spend an hour with Jen Bilik you want to go out – no, run out - and do something creative, interesting, and unique, to follow your curiosities and explore them, to be quirkier, funnier, smarter, more inventive. She created and runs a kick-ass company called Knock Knock, which produces some incredibly unique, smart, and quirky products (hmm, those words tend to come up a lot when talking about Jen). Click the arrow to read my interview with Jen!

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  Kate Atwood  

Kate Atwood is the gutsy 27 year-old founder of Kate's Club, a non-profit organization that works with children of all backgrounds who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other loved one. It is not your typical grief support group. Instead, the organization brings children together with adults who have had similar losses into the community where they participate in a wide range of cultural, educational, social, philanthropic and athletic programs. Kate lost her own mother after a long battle with cancer at the age of 12. Looking back on her own life, she realized the tremendous void that was left with the death of her mother going through adolescence, and she thought this organization would be able to help fill that gap in some way.

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Sgt. Marikay Satriano is a U.S. Army Reservist and a school teacher in civilian life. In 2005, while serving in Amman, Jordan, and then visiting Baghdad, she identified approximately 60 Iraqi children as potential candidates for heart surgery. Under her leadership, the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Center, which is part of the Civic Assistance Command in the Green Zone in Baghdad, transported these children and their fathers by bus to Amman, Jordan, where they received medical evaluations by a Jordanian pediatric cardiologist. Four children with life-threatening congenital heart defects were selected for specialized surgery in the U.S. All four were successfully operated on at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, in New York City. None of them would have survived without the surgery.

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  Jordana Paige  

Starting a business at the age of 18 requires guts, passion, persistence and, as in Jordana’s case, a supportive family willing to lend a helping hand. After seeing the blog on why there weren’t more women entrepreneurs featured in Business Week’s Online Best Young Entrepreneurs under 25, Jordana wrote in with her story. If you need some motivation to pursue your passion, you’re going to want to read it.

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A computer-programmer turned creator of one of the hippest and most popular online communities for crafters, Craftster.org, Leah is a Daring Female whose creative juices never stop flowing. She is a part-owner of a super-cool store called Mag Pie (it sells hip handmade goods from independent designers) and is working on her first craft book. Read her interview and get ready to take on your next craft project!

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  Tina Wells  

Tina Wells' Daring Female To-Do List:
Start a company at 16. Done
Finish college while building the company. Done
Grow it into a $5 million business by the age of 25. Done
Wow.

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Talk about a creative Daring Female! Between making art, writing a feature craft column, working on her novel, promoting her books, and oh, being a loving wife and a busy mother, Kathy misses out on only one thing - sleep! Click the arrow to read an inspiring interview where she shares her inspirations, biggest risks, and advice for Daring Females on a creative mission!

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  Jennifer Warwick  

How do you go from not knowing how to swim to being certified as an advanced diver within three months? By being a Daring Female, of course! Read more about Jennifer and her gutsy move, which went far beyond diving and led her on the path to starting her own company.

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From rocket scientist to the founder of a successful national magazine dedicated to the single life. Sounds like a daring move? It was, and Mary's persistence in overcoming the obstacles and challenges on her way to success is sure to inspire you on your Daring Female path.

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  Alexandra Allred  

The fact that women weren't allowed to compete in bobsledding didn't deter Alexandra from trying out and eventually making the U.S. Women's team and winning the gold medal at the national championships (while being four months pregnant at the time!) But as a true Daring Female, Alexandra didn't stop there, and has gone on to do some more daring things, like fighting for better air quality in her hometown.

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How do you give up your secure and well-paid job at a prestigious law firm to become a writer? By being a genuine Daring Female, trusting your instincts, and knowing that you have to take risks to follow your dreams.

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  Maya Lampson  

Being daring can sometimes mean giving yourself the freedom to live a completely different life from what you are used to. When Maya was laid off from her foundation job last year, she did exactly that.

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