Welcome from Barb Cook Editor of Spectrum Women Magazine

Barb Cook Editor Spectrum Women Magazine

Spectrum Women Magazine (SWM) is an online publication and community dedicated to women who are uniquely different. Our approach is to bring to you inspiring women of all ages who have had a different outlook on life in a positive and unique way.

Our online magazine embraces diversity and the differing ideals we all have, but with one common goal, to bring together a wealth of knowledge and strength in being the unique women we are.

Spectrum Women Magazine is an online publication and we are always looking for inspirational stories and writers who would love to be involved in this project. We would love to hear your suggestions and thoughts on what you would like to contribute or areas that you would like us to cover.

Below is a brief outline of some of the areas that will be covered by Spectrum Women Magazine:

Interviews with successful profiled women
Extreme sports
Motorcycling/car racing/4WDriving
Cooking and food
Culture – alternative music, arts
Spiritual/Yoga/alternative health
Non mainstream fashion/modelling
Reviews – book, movies, apps, gadgets
Personal inspirational stories
Overcoming obstacles eg disabilities, real life stories
Mental Health
Health Professional advice
Lifestyle – home living
Plus many more topics!

We will also be looking for regular contributors in these areas, plus we are open to expanding and embracing your ideas on what we should bring to you and our readers.

Please share Spectrum Women Magazine with inspiring women you know about our new magazine and we welcome you all to be part of the empowering Spectrum Women Community!

Barb Cook

Editor in Chief – Spectrum Women Magazine

Please send your ideas and thoughts to the editor, Barb Cook via our contact page here.

For more information about our writer guidelines, please visit this link or click the submissions tab on the navigation menu.

About Barb Cook 14 Articles
Barb Cook - Editor in Chief Formally identified on the autism spectrum along with ADHD and phonological dyslexia in 2009 at the age of 40, Barb is founder and editor in chief of Spectrum Women Magazine and editor and co-author of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Barb is a highly committed advocate, writer, speaker and keen motorcyclist, making a variety of appearances on Australian radio, television, in newspapers and magazines and the SBS television documentary, The Chameleons: Women with Autism. She is co-founder of Bikers for Autism Australia, Community Council Member of AASET (Autistic Adults and other Stakeholders Engaged Together) and an independent autistic peer reviewer of the journal Autism in Adulthood. Recently Barb was awarded a Special Commendation in the 2017 Autism Queensland Creative Futures Awards by the Queensland Governor, his Excellency Paul De Jersey. Barb has completed a Master of Autism (Education) at the University of Wollongong (Australia) with a focus in employment. She is a Developmental Educator providing consulting, mentoring and life coaching services at the Minds & Hearts Clinic in Brisbane and workshops, webinars and presentations for the neurodiverse community. Barb was recently awarded the University of Wollongong Community Engagement Grant as part of and Community of Practice Lead for a research project "Facilitating the voice and self-determination of young adults on the autism spectrum. Barb currently rides a Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 called Ron ‘Strom’ Burgundy and implements a combination of her passion for motorcycling with her dedication in advocacy, creating acceptance and pushing for action to improve the lives for women and girls, increasing opportunities for employment for all and supporting the neurodiverse community in attaining meaningful and fulfilling futures.