The ‘Death of Little Miss Perfect’


The ‘Death of Little Miss Perfect’ is a school initiative telling girls that it’s OK not to get top marks for everything and you don’t need to be good at absolutely everything.
Judith Carlisle, headmistress of Oxford High School, says that girls must learn not to fret about exams. No one will care about your grades in five years time.

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Make sport less competitive and “refrain from discussing the appearance of sportswomen”

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Schools should be more imaginative in the options given to girls, providing them with the chance to do dance, rugby or whatever interests them, recommends the Select Committee on Culture Media and Sport @DCMSwomen They also suggest journalists and commentators should “refrain from discussing the appearance of sportswomen and from making derogatory comments #WomenInSport

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RAF joins Inspiring Women campaign today


The RAF’s first female Air Vice Marshall, Elaine West and Inspiring Women campaign founder Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, talked about careers with girls at state school Manchester Academy today as part of the campaign.

@RAFCareers and #inspirationalwomen at @McrAcademy

Britain lags 65th in World for female representation in parliament


Who would have thought that Britain ranks 65th in the world in terms of female representation in parliament behind Kazakhstan, Lesotho and even Afghanistan.

The Inspiring Women campaign has 100s of women working in public life – from MPs to civil servants – ready to talk honestly about careers with girls in state schools #inspiriatonalwomen

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‘Women who make London’ at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

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Today the Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE and Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, attended a unique careers fair featuring women doing a wide range of jobs at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School for girls in Islington. Follow us #inspirationalwomen @Edu_Employers

The aim was to show the huge range of jobs that women do around the City of London from a Cannon to a banker, from a chef to an architect. This is part of the national Inspiring Women campaign. The 106 women talking with girls included: the Head of HMRC, a choreographer, a Buckingham Palace Guide, a barrister, a yoga teacher, a theatre director, a structural engineer, a doctor, a professor and a poet.

Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf: “Today’s event is about demonstrating to girls that they can achieve anything – there are no barriers to talent. We want to empower young women to seize exciting opportunities and explore the wide range of career paths in the City. There is a clear business case for attracting more female talent, and for creating pathways for women to progress to the top jobs. Getting lucky and saying ‘yes’ was an important part of my own professional journey and, as only the second female Lord Mayor in 800 years, I am committed to supporting women to join the next generation of City leaders.”

Still a few hurdles to go


A new report reveals that women still hold fewer than 20% of board-level positions at the top governing bodies for sport in the UK. The Gender Balance in Global Sport report from Women on Boards covers over 600 bodies, including 128 national Olympic committees (NOCs), 54 Commonwealth Games Associations, 30 Paralympic committees for Commonwealth and Olympic sports and 34 international sports federations.

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Inspiring Women campaign joins forces with Aston Martin


Inspiring female employees from Aston Martin took part in a ‘speed career dating’ event for 100 school girls aged 14-15. To the girls surprise they arrived en masse at the school in a parade of the latest model range of Aston Martin sports cars at Tile Hill Wood School, Coventry.

See #inspirationalwomen from #astonmartin talking with girls at #tilehillschool Coventry

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The event was part of the Inspiring Women Campaign

Designed & Made Week is here

It’s Designed & Made in Britain Week – Inspiring the Future volunteers are visiting schools all over country to talk frankly with young people about their jobs in design and manufacturing. To find our more:

Our Inspiring Women will be out in force tomorrow – all under wraps – but watch this space!

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