Latest updates

In the flesh - a real book

Wednesday, 16 August 2023

Dear friends 

I came home on Sunday to a parcel that I couldn't place. It was only as I opened it I remembered that Unbound had been in touch recently to tell me the first copies of Women Who Won had been printed and sent out to me.

It's a giddy feeling holding a book that you've spent so many hours working to produce. It's over four years since the project began and there has been a world changing…

Julia Gillard's misogyny speech - 10 years on

Friday, 4 November 2022

Dear friends

It's been a while since I updated you and I'm happy to tell you that the editing stage of Women Who Won is going well. The development edit has been completed with minimal changes and now we have moved on to the copy edit. Great progress!

I was prompted to write to you because last night I was in a room with one of the 70 women in the book. Julia Gillard was talking to Mary…

The first illustration reveal!

Friday, 22 July 2022

Dear Winners

You will by now have seen the Unbound email telling you that they have received the book manuscript for Women Who Won. I wanted to celebrate this moment by giving you the opportunity to see one of the first illustrations of the ultimate political pioneer. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman in the world to become a democratically elected head of government when she became…

Education, education, education

Friday, 13 May 2022

Hi Friends

It really is time I updated you again as I come towards completing the final manuscript. The wonderful thing about having written and researched the lives of so many women is that it gives you a broad picture of the things it takes to succeed. Every one is different but so far there are two things that obviously stick out to me and the first is education. As someone who works in…

Illustrations and inspiration

Friday, 28 January 2022

Dear Winners

It's been a while since I updated you and plenty has been happening. The manuscript is coming on well and I'm excited to say that the illustrations have started rolling in. Seventy images is a lot, so it will take some time for our excellent artist, Emmy Lupin, to get through them all but it will be worth the wait.

One of the great things about the subject of the book is that women…

Thanks to you

Friday, 22 October 2021


You will have already seen the emails letting you know that Women Who Won is 100% funded but I wanted to send a personal message of thanks. We did it! You and me. I'm so very grateful for your support and wanted to let you know what I'm up to now.

In all honesty it's midday on Friday (my writing day) and I am in bed. That's because it's where I work best. I couldn't compare myself to them…

TARGET: 100% by the end of September

Friday, 3 September 2021

Dear Winners

I'm so pleased to say that Women Who Won is 90% funded and today I want to shift gears for the final stage of the crowdfund. My target to reach 100% is now set as the last day of September. So if you were considering getting yourself or someone else a reward - like a walking tour of Westminster or a tote bag - then now is the time! 

For those keen to get more insight into the contents…

What you say to a girl child matters - Joyce Banda

Friday, 16 July 2021

Dear All

I'm so pleased to tell you that Women Who Won is getting closer and closer to its goal. We are now 86% funded and that feels great! I want to thank you for your patience and continued support. It's been tough trying to crowdfund during a pandemic when events where I could meet larger sponsors haven't been taking place. That means relying more on each individual who pledges for the book…

On the home straight & bank holiday promo code

Friday, 30 April 2021

Dear supporters

A two part update today...

1.To tell you that Women Who Won is now in the last quarter of funding! We are 78% funded and I feel like the finish line is in sight. But, there is still work to be done and I would love your help.

Now is the time that some people feel comfortable to jump on board because we're getting closer to the final total. Do please share the Women Who Won…

International Women's Day talk - Weds 10th March 6pm

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Dear Winners

International Women's Day is upon us but a little different to other years. There will be no marches or events here in the UK, at least not in person. But of course we can still meet and campaign online - and we will.

I'll be talking about 'Women Who Won' on Weds 10th March at 6pm for the excellent Women in Public Affairs network. You can sign up to attend for free here.

My talk…

Something to look forward to... book club tour

Friday, 12 February 2021

Hello Friends

I hope this update finds you well and, if it's not too late, can I wish you a happy new year. With my children back at home-school as well as well as my day job, it's been a busy start to the new year with limited time to devote to my favourite subject. However as International Women's Day appears on the horizon (8 March) I'm gearing back up for talks and sponsorship (do contact me…

Women Who Won gift certificates

Friday, 11 December 2020

Hello friends

I have a special update just in time for Christmas (if you celebrate) or if you have loved ones with upcoming birthdays (like me).

You can now pledge for a copy of the hardback of Women Who Won on behalf of a friend or family member - then print and give them a certificate to let them know they will be the one with their name in the book! It's a great and unusual present and one…

I eat no for breakfast

Friday, 13 November 2020

Hello Winners

Happy November to you all. I'm writing to you with a short update to celebrate the election of Kamala Harris as the first woman and first BIPOC Vice President of the USA. She's a new addition to the 70 women in Women Who Won and I am thrilled to be able to add her.

The video for this update is of Kamala answering questions from people on Instagram. She says "I have, in my career…

This woman is winning

Friday, 25 September 2020

Hello All

I want to start by saying a massive thank you to the 276 of you who have now pledged to support Women Who Won. 275 of you are not my mum, so I am extremely grateful that you have put your trust in me to get this important book funded and published. 

In the middle of a tumultuous year it feels like a pretty fantastic achievement to have nearly reached half-way and I feel like a woman…

Black Lives Matter

Friday, 12 June 2020

Dear Friends

Whenever I write an update the world seems to have shifted on its axis. Since I last wrote to you the brutal killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people has been at the forefront of my mind constantly.

It has made me more determined to raise up the stories of elected…

A woman who won, leading in her own way

Friday, 3 April 2020

Dear Winners

It'a been a while since I've updated you on the progress of Women Who Won and the world looks very different. I'm continuining to crowdfund for the book in difficult circumstances but I'm positive that with your support we can make it.

As we adjust to a way of living that we may not be used to, I've been considering the role elected women are playing during the pandemic. Prime Minister…

Introducing Clavis & Claustra - Feminist warrior rewards

Friday, 14 February 2020

Good afternoon winners!

Welcome to new pledgers and hello to old friends. Thanks for getting behind the campaign to get this important book published. I'm still amazed (disappointed but not surprised?) that these women have never been brought together in a book before.

I'm writing with a short update which I think you'll like. I've teamed up with Clavis & Claustra to offer some very cool…

Project of the Week: Women Who Won

Friday, 31 January 2020

Hello All

Another update from me, Ros Ball, author of Women Who Won.

Welcome to new pledgers, and particularly to those who have come via the Unbound newsletter. We are project of the week! I'm so pleased to have you all on board. Please check out the previous updates where I have introduced two amazing women who will be in the book - Shirley Chisholm and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

Today I have…

Women Winning in 2020

Friday, 3 January 2020

Dear Winners

Happy New Year, and for those of you in the UK, welcome back to a parliament with a record 220 women elected as MPs. Good news in part, but women are still only just over a third of MPs, so we have a way to go until the UK has equality in parliament. #WomenWhoWon wants to inspire more women to stand by increasing the visibility of those who came first.

In this update I'm introcuding…

Welcome and thank you

Friday, 6 December 2019

Dear Women Who Wonners

It's Ros Ball here, author of Women Who Won, giving you the first update to the campiagn to get the book published.

Firstly a massive thank you to you all for pledging for the book. We've only been going 2 weeks and the response has been wonderful, THANK YOU. 

Secondly I'm going to start telling you more about the women who will feature in the book here, and on my Instagram…

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Publication date: September 2023
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