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Fearless: 100 women talk about how they stay true to themselves in a changing world

Last Updated Mar 8, 2020 at 1:13 pm PDT

Janice McDonald photo (Courtesy: Page Two Books)

This week on 1130 Bookshelf, NEWS 1130 marks International Women’s Day

NEWS 1130's John Ackermann speaks with author and podcast host Janice McDonald about her book

Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision is available from Page Two Books

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – How do you define fearless?  “We typically think of Wonder Woman feats, so that would be one kind of fearless,” admits author Janice McDonald. “But, let’s face it, sometimes, just putting one front in front of the other, that can be pretty fearless as well!”

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McDonald is an award-winning entrepreneur, director, and speaker. She is also the host of the Fearless Women podcast.

Now, she has collected the stories of 100 unafraid women in the new book, Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision.

“I think it’s actually relevant for everybody, how powerful it is when we share our true stories.  It can really be powerful but also very human,” she explains.

Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision by Janice McDonald (Courtesy: Page Two Books)

She begins by talking about how she carries around a picture of herself at age 10 because, in her words, that girl is the original version of her true self.

“I do have it.  It’s not only on my desk but, of course, now we carry these things around in our phones!  It has inspired me,” she says.

Janice McDonald at 10-years-old. (Courtesy: Page Two Books)

In fact, every entry features a story, in each woman’s own words, accompanied by a picture of their younger self and how they look today.

McDonald calls it a powerful and transformative experience for many of them.

“They have found that going through the actual exercise of going to Mom’s and opening up the box and finding those photos, they felt like, ‘Hey, I didn’t really think I was disconnected from that younger self but I have been and I feel really empowered, kind of reconnecting with that younger girl.”

“When we think about, sometimes, that journey that we women are on, as we go from girls to women, there is a lot of societal pressure and that can push and prod and reshape you sometimes into somebody that might be far off from who you used to be.”

Fearless is bookended by two particularly powerful women, opening with Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Trudeau and ending with Susan Delacourt, who covers Parliament Hill for the Toronto Star.

Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision is available from Page Two Books.