Inspiring Women campaign


The national Inspiring Women campaign launched a year ago and already has 11,500 amazing women ready to talk with girls in state schools about the 'job they do' and route they took. Our ambition is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, by International Women Day 2015, talking to 250,000 young women.

You can be an 18 year old Apprentice or a CEO, work for yourself or for a multi-national, be working full-time, part-time or having a career break - girls in state schools want to hear about your job, career and life experiences.

Pledge one hour a year to change young lives by volunteering to talk with girls in school.


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Campaign timeline

Inspiring Women in Fashion

On 12 November 2014 the Editor of British Vogue magazine, Alexandra Shulman  with 20 other women from the fashion industry took part in an Inspiring Women campaign 'career speed networking' and 120 girls at St Saviour's & St Olave's School,New Kent Road, London. Model Daisy Lowe also participated, along with senior women from Top Shop, Superdry, Bobbi Brown, Marks & Spencer, Aspinal, Harrods and the British Fashion Council to name but a few.

The aim of this event is to demystify the ever popular fashion industry and show the wide range of roles to which young girls today can aspire - from design, to manufacturing, to marketing, to retail.  Looking behind the glitz and glamour to the real jobs available to the enterprising. 


Inspiring Women in Scotland

On 6 October 2014, New College Lanarkshire hosted the Inspiring Women in Scotland launch event. Ten senior women from government, public and private sectors, and the arts took part in a speed career-networking event talking directly with 100 young girls about their experiences, their job and how they got there. Schools and colleges in Scotland can now find diverse volunteers to talk jobs, careers and life experiences with their students. 

Inspiring Women Campaign in Scotland

Inspiring Women with the RAF at Manchester Academy on 15 July 2014 with the RAF's first female Air Vice-Marshall, Elaine West.

'Women who Make London' at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, King's Cross, on 11 July 2014 with Lord Mayor Fiona Woolfe CBE.

Inspiring Women with Aston Martin at Tile Hill School, Coventry on 2 July 2014. Women doing diverse jobs at the company drove the latest model Aston Martin cars on to the school playing field, then did career speed networking with 100 girls.



Inspiring Women in Design and Manufacturing

Inspiring Women in Design and Manufacturing'speed dating careers' with 160 students at St Mary's Catholic College in Wallasey, near Liverpool, on 19 June 2014.


International Women's Day 2014

Inspiring Women: International Women's Day at Central Foundation Girls School in Bow and Parliament Hill Girls School in Camden on 7 March 2014.

One of the first high profile events to be held in a school was Inspiring Women 'career speed networking' and careers fair at Basildon Upper Academy, Essex, on 22 January 2104. Career speed networkers included; Clare Balding, Samantha Cameron and Miriam Gonzalez Durantes.


The campaign launch at Lancaster House London, Oct 2013

The Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women campaign launched with a 'career speed networking' event hosted by Miriam González Durántez with 100 girls from 11 state secondary schools talking jobs and careers with 10 high profile successful women.

The campaign began with 10 women sharing their career insights with 100 girls. The high profile women who took part in the launch included: Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP and the wife of Nick Clegg the DPM,Fiona Bruce, BBC journalist and presenter,Athene Donald DBE, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge,Thea Green, CEO Nails Inc's, Bettany Hughes,historian and broadcaster, Livia Firth, Creative Director Eco Age Ltd, Carrie Longton, Mumsnet co-founder, Carolyn McCall, CEO easyJet,Heather McGregor,entrepreneur and Financial Times columnist and Barbara Stocking DBE, former CEO Oxfam and current President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

Evening Standard - Girls told to aim high by Britain's career women at event hosted by Miriam Clegg

The Guardian - Mum, what do engineers do? Article by Athene Donald one of the 10 'speed daters'.

The Times - González: Eton adds 'gloss' to students

The Telegraph - Move over Nick Clegg, your wife's stealing the show

The Financial Times - One hour that could launch a lifetime

BBC News -

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Read our Press Release and Lancaster House launch event brochure

How you can get involved

The programme is entirely free - for state schools and employers - and is a simple way to volunteer for one hour a year and make a real difference to the aspirations of young women. It is all run through our safe, secure online system on the website

We need to bring about a significant culture change so that it becomes commonplace that girls, wherever they live and whatever their social background, get the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs, from apprentice to CEO.

Easy Steps to 'Speed Career Dating' and 'Career Insight' events

This short booklet gives teachers advice and ideas for how to use Inspiring the Future volunteers and organise activities for students in their school or college.

Please click here

What young women say

Nonsikelelo Nhliziyo, Year 12 student at Basildon Upper Academy, talks about Inspiring Women's career speed networking event at her school in January 2014.

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