What links a hugging saint, a judge who took on Saddam Hussein, a high flier educated by an elephant, the original Cosmopolitan Girl, a Bollywood actress worshipped by millions, a Chinese entrepreneur immortalized on a postage stamp and a princess who is able to touch her nose with her toes?
They are just some of the extraordinary women you’ll encounter in Confessions to a Serial Womaniser: Secrets of the World’s Inspirational Women. In the first venture of its kind the book contains the wisdom of over 200 of the world’s most dynamic women, who speak frankly about everything: their mothers, families, education, men, gurus, love, feminism, fairy stories, failures and successes. In an era that worships celebrity, this is a celebration of true celebrities – women who will leave a lasting legacy enriching the lives of future generations.
Author and social campaigner Zerbanoo Gifford has completed an epic challenge of meeting and documenting the lives and careers of hundreds of inspirational women, from 60 countries and every field of endeavour. Women who excelled whether it be in the world of business or government, the arts or science, academia or religion.
What emerges from their stories is a unique portrait of womankind at the start of the twenty-first century. Each has an individual insight and experience of life and together they build a complete picture of women coming into their own and speaking with a powerful and collective voice.
Some of the women featured in the book:
Glenda Jackson MP (politician and Oscar-winning actress)
Lady Shakira Caine (artist)
Sarah Miles (actress and author)
Zandra Rhodes (designer and founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum, London)
Lucie Aubrac (French Resistance heroine)
Rt Hon. Clare Short MP (former cabinet minister)
Marjorie Scardino (CEO Pearson Group)
Christina Lamb (award-winning war correspondent)
Esther Rantzen (broadcaster, founder of Childline)
Barbara Stocking (Chief Executive Oxfam)
Claire Bertschinger (Red Cross nurse, inspiration for Live Aid)
Gwyneth Lewis (poet laureate of Wales)
Wendy Somes (prima ballerina)
Frances Cairncross (Rector of Exeter College Oxford)
Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger (Rabbi and Broadcaster)
Judge Zakia Hakki (first woman Judge in the Middle East, member of the Iraqi Parliament)
About the Author
Zerbanoo Gifford was born in India on May 11 1950 and raised in London, the eldest daughter of the founder president of the World Zoroastrian Organisation. Zerbanoo in 2007 was presented with the International Woman of the year award for her humanitarian work and also holds the Nehru Centenary award for her international work, championing the rights of women, children and minorities. She is a former advisor to the Home Secretary. Zerbanoo made history by being elected as the first non white woman Liberal councillor in 1982, and has stood three times for parliament. She is the author of numerous books, including The Golden Thread; Asian Experiences in post-Raj Britain; Dadabhai Naoroji: Britain’s first non-white Member of Parliament; Thomas Clarkson, and the Campaign Against The Slave Trade; Asian Presence in Europe; and Celebrating India’s 50 Year Anniversary, which accompanied a television series. Zerbanoo is the Founding Director of the ASHA Foundation, which encourages and supports philanthropy worldwide and works for interfaith and intercultural understanding. In 2004, she was awarded a fellowship from NESTA (National Endowment of Science, Technology and Arts). Her fellowship includes connecting influential and inspiring women worldwide, to see if they can, quite literally, change the world.
National Portrait Gallery launch and exhibition
The women have a magical presence which has been captured in a set of specially commissioned portraits by the artist Jeroo Roy, Women – a world of inspiration. The 208 paintings will go on view at the National Portrait Gallery from 17th September 2007 for one week.
There will be a VIP reception on Thursday 20th September 2007, to accompany the book launch, a debate and an opportunity to meet Zerbanoo and many of the women in person. The exhibition will then move to the South Bank Centre before embarking on a national and international tour.