Gateway Women: Childless & Childfree Women Role Models

Women without children (NoMos) are invisible in popular culture - we're missing from TV, films, radio, novels and women's magazines... apart from distorted and outdated stereotypes like 'career woman', 'bitter spinster', 'Bridget Jones', 'evil stepmother' etc. Check out this gallery of women who have been or are 'childless' (not by choice) or 'childfree' (by choice). You have more sisters than you realised! To nominate a woman, email me jody@gateway-women.com | www.gateway-women.com
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#nomorolemodel Gertrude Bell, CBE (1868-1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, spy and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped support the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. She was unmarried and had no…

#nomorolemodel Gertrude Bell, CBE (1868-1926) was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, spy and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped support the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. She was unmarried and had no…

#nomorolemodel Stacy London (1969- ) is an American stylist/fashion consultant, author, and magazine editor known primarily for her time as co-host on "What Not to Wear", a reality television program that featured wardrobe and appearance makeovers. She wrote frankly about her history of eating disorders and being single in her memoir "The Truth About Style". She has no children.

How I Moved On From My "What Not To Wear" Style

#nomorolemodel Stacy London (1969- ) is an American stylist/fashion consultant, author, and magazine editor known primarily for her time as co-host on "What Not to Wear", a reality television program that featured wardrobe and appearance makeovers. She wrote frankly about her history of eating disorders and being single in her memoir "The Truth About Style". She has no children.

#nomorolemodel Madeleine Kahn (1942-1999) was an American actor. Much of her finest work was under the direction of Mel Brooks, including 1974's Young Frankenstein and 1977's High Anxiety. In 1998, Kahn lent her voice as Gypsy in the animated film 'Bugs Life'. She died at 57 from ovarian cancer. She was married and had no children.

#nomorolemodel Madeleine Kahn (1942-1999) was an American actor. Much of her finest work was under the direction of Mel Brooks, including 1974's Young Frankenstein and 1977's High Anxiety. In 1998, Kahn lent her voice as Gypsy in the animated film 'Bugs Life'. She died at 57 from ovarian cancer. She was married and had no children.

#nomorolemodel Hope Bourne (1920-2010) was a British writer and naturalist. At 52,  heartbroken when the man she loved married another, she chose to live alone and fend for herself in a remote valley on Exmoor. “For money, you sell the hours and the days of your life, which are the only true wealth you have,” she wrote. “You sell the sunshine, the dawn and the dusk, the moon and the stars, the wind and the rain, the green fields and the flowers... You sell health and joy and freedom.”

#nomorolemodel Hope Bourne (1920-2010) was a British writer and naturalist. At 52, heartbroken when the man she loved married another, she chose to live alone and fend for herself in a remote valley on Exmoor. “For money, you sell the hours and the days of your life, which are the only true wealth you have,” she wrote. “You sell the sunshine, the dawn and the dusk, the moon and the stars, the wind and the rain, the green fields and the flowers... You sell health and joy and freedom.”

#nomorolemodel Leslie Jones (1967-) is an American comedian and actress who is a cast member on Saturday Night Live and the star of 2016's all-female 'Ghostbusters' movie. From 'The New Yorker' - "She has never been married and has no children; much of her act these days is about trying to find a man. “I speak for the lonely bitches,” she said. She was born in Memphis and raised in a churchgoing family. At one point, she told me, “It’s too bad I’m not gay, ’cause I’d get the flyest bitches.”

Leslie Jones: Always Funny, Finally Famous

#nomorolemodel Leslie Jones (1967-) is an American comedian and actress who is a cast member on Saturday Night Live and the star of 2016's all-female 'Ghostbusters' movie. From 'The New Yorker' - "She has never been married and has no children; much of her act these days is about trying to find a man. “I speak for the lonely bitches,” she said. She was born in Memphis and raised in a churchgoing family. At one point, she told me, “It’s too bad I’m not gay, ’cause I’d get the flyest bitches.”

#nomorolemodel Rowena Cade (1893-1983 ) was a British theatre impressario who designed, built and ran the Minack Theatre, an open air amphitheater, in Cornwall. One of the 2 million 'Surplus Women' left single and childless by the First World War, Cade built a house for herself and her mother with her own hands and also took in hundreds of evacuated children during the 2nd World War. www.minack.com

In Pictures: Rowena Cade's Minack theatre

#nomorolemodel Rowena Cade (1893-1983 ) was a British theatre impressario who designed, built and ran the Minack Theatre, an open air amphitheater, in Cornwall. One of the 2 million 'Surplus Women' left single and childless by the First World War, Cade built a house for herself and her mother with her own hands and also took in hundreds of evacuated children during the 2nd World War. www.minack.com

#nomorolemodel Tamron Hall (1970- ) is a American journalist and national TV correspondent for NBC News. She is a day-side anchor for MSNBC and host of the program MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall. She is a very involved aunt to her sister's children, whose  mother was murdered in a domestic violence incident. She has no children.

Tamron Hall, of the ‘Today’ Show, Feathers Her Nest

#nomorolemodel Tamron Hall (1970- ) is a American journalist and national TV correspondent for NBC News. She is a day-side anchor for MSNBC and host of the program MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall. She is a very involved aunt to her sister's children, whose mother was murdered in a domestic violence incident. She has no children.

Riot Grrrl Trailblazer Allison Wolfe on the Music That Made Her | Pitchfork

Riot Grrrl Trailblazer Allison Wolfe on the Music That Made Her | Pitchfork

#nomorolemodel Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) was a German astronomer whose most significant contributions were the discoveries of several comets, including the periodic comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet. She was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science, to be awarded a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1828), and to be named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society (1835). She lived most of her life with her brother, never married and had no children.

Who was Caroline Herschel? The Cinderella tale of a pioneering female astronomer

#nomorolemodel Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) was a German astronomer whose most significant contributions were the discoveries of several comets, including the periodic comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet. She was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science, to be awarded a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1828), and to be named an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society (1835). She lived most of her life with her brother, never married and had no children.

#nomorolemodel Lisa Snowdon (1970) is a British model. In 2016, as part of the TV Show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" she said of her childlessness that ‘It’s a weird one because it’s so hard. I left it kind of late. I didn’t find anybody that I wanted to actually be with and I didn’t want to have kids to just have kids'.

Women are having FEWER children and it's more common to have none

#nomorolemodel Lisa Snowdon (1970) is a British model. In 2016, as part of the TV Show "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" she said of her childlessness that ‘It’s a weird one because it’s so hard. I left it kind of late. I didn’t find anybody that I wanted to actually be with and I didn’t want to have kids to just have kids'.

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