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November 2019
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The Strengths Book

Celebrating Women’s Strengths on International Women’s Day

Posted by: Nicky Garcea, Alex Linley & Celine Jacques


To mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate the strengths of women everywhere, and especially the 90 women included in The Strengths Book Hall of Fame, whom we are proud to list below:


Action – Angelina Jolie & Freya Stark

Adherence – Queen Elizabeth II & Vanessa Mae

Adventure – Louise Arner Boyd & Valentina Tereshkova

Authenticity – Cheryl Cole

Bounceback – Paula Radcliffe & Wilma Rudolph

Catalyst – Whitney Houston

Centred – Vera Lynn

Change Agent – Germaine Greer & Beverly Naidoo

Compassion – Diana, Princess of Wales & Mary Seacole

Competitive – Billie Jean King

Connector – Julie Pankhurst & Therese Prentice

Counterpoint – Rachel Carson & Vivienne Westwood

Courage – Aung San Suu Kyi & Harriet Tubman

Creativity – Tracy Emin & Beatrix Potter

Curiosity – Marie Curie

Detail – Zaha Hadid & Arlene Phillips

Drive – Amelia Earhart & Margaret Thatcher

Efficacy – Joan of Arc & Oprah Winfrey

Emotional Awareness – Kiran Desai & Karen Horney

Empathic Connection – Esther Rantzen

Enabler – Maria Montessori

Equality – Emmeline Pankhurst & Eleanor Roosevelt

Esteem Builder – Jane Addams

Explainer – Susan Greenfield & Delia Smith

Feedback – Marva Collins

Gratitude – Halle Berry

Growth – Florence Bascom

Humility – Susan Boyle

Humour – Tina Fey, Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders

Improver – Mary Anderson & Elizabeth Fry

Incubator – Dorothy Hodgkin

Innovation – Jacqueline Gold & Mary Kies

Judgement – Sandra Day O’Connor

Legacy – Wangari Muta Maathai

Listener – Xian Zhang

Mission – Camila Batmanghelidjh & Anita Roddick

Moral Compass – Rosa Parks

Narrator – J.K. Rowling

Optimism – Anne Frank & Barbara Windsor

Order – Betty Boothroyd, Kim Woodburn & Aggie MacKenzie

Persistence – Ellen MacArthur & Cha Sa-Soon

Personal Responsibility – Irena Sendler

Personalisation – Katharine Cook Briggs

Persuasion – Karren Brady

Planful – Marina Raskova

Prevention – Kylie Minogue & Stella Rimington

Pride – Judi Dench & Donatella Versace

Rapport Builder – Mo Mowlam

Reconfiguration – Madonna

Relationship Deepener – Yang Wan

Resilience – Helen Keller & Jane Tomlinson

Resolver – Violeta Chamorro & Marjorie Proops

Scribe – Jane Austen & Alice Walker

Self-awareness – Kate Adie

Service – Clara Barton & Florence Nightingale

Spotlight – Shirley Bassey

Strategic Awareness – Catherine II (the Great) & Marjorie Scardino

Time Optimiser – Lilian Gilbreth & Ruth Lawrence

Unconditionality – Mata Amritanandamayi & Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Work Ethic – Mary Robinson & Queen Victoria


To discover more about these strengths heroines, and to find out why we selected them as exemplars of these strengths, please see The Strengths Book and explore the Hall of Fame. At Capp, we are discovering unique insights into women’s strengths and how they can make the most of them. Watch out for more on this topic in our future blog postings.


Who would you add to our list of female strengths heroines, and why? This could be someone close to you, or it could be someone more well-known in the wider world. Share your thoughts on The Capp Blog.

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