On the 9th of June I was invited by the Director of International Office of Durham University to team up with her to deliver a talk in a workshop titled ‘Inspiring Women’. Sharne Proctor, the Director of the International Office was the inspirational woman for this session. However, she decided to ask a few international students to share their own and their PhD stories in the workshop because she thought this might be a different and possibly inspirational experience for the women present. Ultimately then, we were a team of 4 (including Sharne). Sharne started with here fantastic and highly inspirational story. This was followed by Elham Amini who shared her research about women’s sexuality in Iran. Elham herself comes from Iran. Another presentation was by Manizha Hadi on Women’s health in Afghanistan. Manizha is a doctor from Afghanistan. So, there were three women with truly inspiring professional and personal stories. Sandwiched between these was your’s truly – not a woman, no inspirational story. So, what was I doing there? Well, I was supposed to share stories of inspirational women that I had come across during my PhD research and I assure you there are many of those. Here’s a narrative of my talk from the workshop.