The Best of Ten Questions 2013

Miriam’s favourite answers …

DSC_0793 - Version 2Miriam Hechtman

It’s been quite a year here at the WonderWomen hub and I’m thrilled to say it’s been well worth every effort to bring you WonderWomen in its inaugural year. My first post – a welcome note – was on January 1, 2013. I was about four weeks pregnant with my second daughter Lina, and though it wasn’t confirmed that she was a girl until much later, birthing WonderWomen and birthing Lina in the same year has felt wonderfully synchronistic. 2013 – Year of the Woman – it has been. So to end the year I have put together my favourite quotes from Ten Questions’ WonderWomen. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the WonderWriters for taking the plunge with me this year and for providing us all with such thought provoking, engaging, quality posts. And to thank you all – the readers – for joining the WonderWomen community – for reading, commenting, sharing and just being out there in the ether. It feels fantastic to have created this site and to be part of a worldwide community of intelligent, kind, socially conscious, inspiring, talented, creative women. I wish you all wonder as you step into 2014.


Who/what inspires you?


Action. Talk is really easy. I meet thousands of people who should, would, could, might have, maybe one day will. I am inspired by people who do stuff. Whether it’s artists, whether it’s in a social context, whether it’s in a political context, it doesn’t matter. But action allows things to happen. That concept of action inspires me.

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Acts of courage, acts of selflessness … thinking for one’s self and not running ‘with the pack’.


How do you live your life so it has meaning?


I tell the truth; I try to only say ‘yes’ to what I want to do and I try very hard not to do things I don’t want to do (not always possible but it’s a good aspiration); I form my opinions on the basis of reading widely; I respect my neighbour – not love, respect; I love my children and spend as much time with my family as possible; I take my dog to the dog beach – it keeps me connected to pure joy on a regular basis.

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I try to live my life so that I am contributing to making the world a better place. Often I feel like I’m not doing enough. But at other times, I believe I am making a difference and allow myself to feel proud of what my father and I have achieved with Voiceless.  I think small daily acts are very significant; for me that might be deciding to not buy those beautiful shoes because they are lined with leather or choosing to pick up a plastic bag on the beach so that it doesn’t end up being digested by a turtle. My children also give my life endless meaning and joy.

What do you feel unites women?


That we all have a uterus and a menstrual cycle – an internal cauldron of power and intuition and wisdom. We understand birth, death and rebirth because we live it every month.

What do you feel unites women?

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The shared experience of trying to retain a sense of self amidst the pressures of multiple relationships. Striving to be the best wife, mother, friend, lover, daughter, and professional – all these things at once! This I’ve found to be a universal struggle that unites women. The expectation that we place on ourselves of playing out all of these different roles, and the experience and the journey of trying to find a balance and also retain a sense of self – it’s definitely a uniting shared experience amongst women.

What is the essence of being a woman?


I don’t think about my gender all the time – I think of myself as human first and female second. That’s why blatant sexism is so confronting even now. To realize I am being assessed because of a factor I have no control over still shocks me.

How do you live your life so it has meaning?


I just am constantly reminding myself that even if there is no meaning or reason behind the things that occur to and around me, that this is not important. That the important thing is that I find meaning in sadness and suffering. I remind myself that finding meaning and faith is the best way to get through the tough times.

If you could ask any woman one question, what would you ask?


“Let me be your angel – how can I help?” Someone once asked me this question during a very stressful time in my life and I will never forget the incredible feeling of relief it gave me. I felt like I was being wrapped in a fluffy blanket of love and support. Paying it forward is an important gift I love to give.


Miriam Hechtman – Editor’s Note
From documentary filmmaking, producing and research, to finally landing on the page and writing, Miriam has traveled far and wide, on trains, planes and buses, all the while meeting extraordinary people on her adventure. She is also the mother of Noa and Lina, wife of Guy, and a reader, singer and baker when time permits. She has now fused her passion for community, celebrating women and publishing to bring you WonderWomen. She hopes you love it. You can look at some of Miriam’s work at and Life Balance = Music. Nature. Laughter.