Words of Wisdom from Woman's Hour Takeover

Inspirational ideas from some of the coolest women in the land

Last week, Radio 4's Woman's Hour was taken over for five days running by a host of high profile guest editors. Authors JK Rowling and Naomi Alderman, Dame Kelly Holmes, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, and Lauren Laverne all took a turn at the helm of the show.

Taking on a number of important debates, the temporary editors and their guests provided many hard-earned nuggets of wisdom. ELLE collects some of the most memorable here:

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ELLE collects ten of the most memorable here:

1. ‘All relationships that fail, you can learn something from them.’

Gemma Cairney

2. ‘We need high-street feminism, not high-brow feminism.’

Lauren Laverne

3. ‘whatever your parents have taught you is probably not going to be enough: they were born in a different age.’ Caitlin Moran

4. ‘Consuming [popular culture] critically, having those conversations is vital.’

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5. ‘The thing that you don’t realize when you are a teenager, when you first build yourself, is that you’re going to have to go out and build yourself over and over and over again’

Caitlin Moran

6. ‘The fun bit about having power to me is that you can work as a funnel or a conduit for other people’s ideas.’

Caitlin Moran

7. ‘There is so much pressure on you from people to be something else. You need to find out who you are and then, as Dolly Parton, famously said, do it on purpose.’

J.K. Rowling

8. ‘We have to be allowed to make mistakes, we’re allowed to mess up.’

Lauren Laverne

9. “I think it’s terribly important that people do find the passion. That old saying ‘find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life – people lose sight of that.”

Averill Leimon

10. ‘Every young person should find themselves and they should be challenged.’

Dame Kelly Holmes

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