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Acclaimed architect and non-parent Zaha Hadid died leaving part of her £67 million fortune to her employees

By Nina Steele Dame Zaha Hadid was considered by some to be “the world’s top female architect”. The Iraqi born British architect’s body of work include, the London Aquatics Centre, which was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.… Read the rest

Clare Hollingworth: The woman responsible for the scoop of the 20th century (1911 – 2017)

By Nina Steele Clare Hollingsworth was 27 when the Second World War broke out. In fact, she was responsible for breaking the news that German troops were about to invade Poland, when she came across them by chance, while travelling from Poland to Germany.… Read the rest

Historical figures without children: Harry Hyams (1928 – 2015)

By Nina Steele Harry Hyams was a property developer who was notoriously publicity averse, to the extent that he came to be known as the British Howard Hughes.… Read the rest

Help me end the extreme vilification of childless women in the developing world

By Nina Steele As a British woman of African descent, I know what being childless in Africa feels like, and in many cases, it is a brutal affair.… Read the rest

Who shall I leave all my money to?

By Allix Denham  One concern among non-parents, apparently, is the lack of descendants to leave their money to after their deaths.… Read the rest

Donating your organs as part of your legacy

By Nina Steele I wrote an article entitled: ‘The legacy issue when you are a non-parent’, a couple of days ago, in which I talk about the many aspects of leaving a legacy, emphasising the fact that legacy is more than procreation alone.… Read the rest

The legacy issue when you are a non-parent

By Nina Steele I was moved by the story of Tom Bryan, the World War II veteran who died a few months ago, aged 92. He never married nor had children.… Read the rest

Historical non-parents: Alexandra David-Néel

By Allix Denham  Alexandra David-Néel (1868-1969) was a traveller, writer and Buddhist, who spent much of her life in India and Tibet, and was the first European woman ever to enter the forbidden city of Lhasa, in 1924.… Read the rest

Why as a childless woman – leaving a better world for future generations matters

By Nina Steele Growing up in the Ivory Coast, New Year’s Eve was the biggest night of the year by far. There was always a heightened sense of optimism in the air, even in a country where freedom of expression was curtailed.… Read the rest

The case for spending it all when you are childless

By Nina Steele I have noticed recently that my attitude to what my legacy should be is changing. As I grow older and become more and more aware of my own mortality, the reality that no direct descendants will be left to benefit from what we have worked so hard to accumulate, is becoming ever so clear, prompting me to ask myself some very uncomfortable questions.… Read the rest