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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Thursday 11 June 2009

World famous bestselling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE and Harper Collins are launching A Woman of Substance Awards in support of Target Ovarian Cancer to find females who epitomise what it is to be a real woman of substance today and who deserve special recognition.

Conducted in association with Debenhams and P&O Cruises, Barbara is encouraging women across Britain to nominate themselves and/or others in their personal and professional lives.

The awards are inspired by Barbara Taylor Bradford, the creator of the original woman of substance, Emma Harte, in her worldwide bestselling novel, A Woman of Substance. They are being launched to coincide with the 30th anniversary since Barbara’s debut book was first published in 1979. It is now one of the top ten bestselling novels of all time with more than 31 million copies sold. It has been published in over 40 languages and in 90 countries.

"It’s wonderful that Barbara Taylor Bradford and the A Woman of Substance Awards are partnering with Target Ovarian Cancer to raise desperately-needed awareness and funds to help save lives," said Target Ovarian Cancer Chief Executive, Annwen Jones. "Women have amazing strengths whether they are battling cancer, holding communities together or striving against the odds to raise families and run careers at the same time. We would encourage everyone in the UK to nominate the women they admire most for the Woman of Substance Awards.”

Barbara Taylor Bradford said: “A Woman of Substance is a book that has changed the lives for a lot of women. It empowered them to believe in themselves. It gave them the confidence to overcome a lack of education or great adversity and triumph as a human being. It showed them that with great ambition, discipline and stamina they could really succeed. I’m delighted that now, 30 years later, we are surrounded by real examples of women of substance and I feel it’s about time that we recognised and celebrated their achievements!

“It’s essential that we don’t rest on our laurels. Even today, we need to champion women who do extraordinary things be it in their home and with their family, in the area they live in, in the work that they do given the research show 23 per cent of women in the UK have no female role model in their lives today. It’s quite shocking.”