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Inspiring Women China

The Inspiring Women campaign is delighted to announce that in partnership with the British Council China we are officially launching Inspiring Women China. The official launch event took place on Sunday 4th December in Beijing. Amongst guests were Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE; Paralympic gold medalist Susie Rodgers; Carma Elliott […]

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Equal Pay Day 2016

November 10 marks Equal Pay Day, the day on which women are effectively no longer earning for the year due to the average 18% pay gap that is accepted as part of a woman’s working life. In honour of the day, The Stylist ran a campaign that encouraged women to leave work at 3:34pm, 18% […]

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Karen Bonner: Head of Nursing for Patient Experience at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Nursing is still dominated by women, with men making up only 10% of those entering the profession. Despite this, as I move up the career ladder in healthcare I recognise that there are fewer women in leadership positions and little progress has been made to address the lack of diversity at senior levels within the […]

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Inspiring Women in the Arts Business with Sotheby’s

When I was a teenager, my biggest female role model was my mother. She was a professional concert pianist, who performed in the first night of the Proms. She had a career as a concert pianist and also had three children. She always encouraged me to believe in myself and set the bar high, which […]

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Joanne Jackson, Olympic Swimmer, shares her tips for success

In the wake of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, there is no better time to highlight and celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in sport. Despite the focus on the contribution of female athletes to British sporting success, there are concerns that many young girls are still not actively engaging in sport. As role […]

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‘Inspiring Women in Business & Enterprise’ at London Stock Exchange

Today 125 state school girls had the opportunity to participate in a ‘career speed networking’ event with high profile women in business and enterprise at London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and had the rare opportunity to participate in the iconic market opening. The UK boasts some fantastic female business leaders and entrepreneurs and the gap […]

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Manifesto for Girls’ Rights Launches in Wales

Kayla is thirteen years old. She attends a local comprehensive school in a small community in a South Wales valley. She’s considering a career as a hairdresser, or maybe a pop star. She’s an average girl, from an average place. Does she have a voice? Girls like Kayla have inspired me for many years to […]

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A women invented the bullet proof vest – let’s hope female scientists no longer need them

Despite progress being made in terms of equal opportunities and equal pay for women, young, ambitious females can still face a difficult decision when making their career choice due to perceived ‘male-dominated’ industries. As we previously reported, over a third of teenage girls in the UK think their gender will harm their future career prospects. […]

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Mentors matter

UN Women Global Champion and UK ambassador for the global movement ‘Empower Women’, Charlene Laidley’s mother told her aged 14 “stop thinking above your station”. I have always been unbound by the limitations imposed on me by others and by the circumstances around me. I was called a ‘dreamer’ when at 14, I told my […]

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Help us to #RedrawThe Balance

A new film reveals the reality of gender stereotyping amongst primary school children. When asked to draw a firefighter, surgeon and a fighter pilot, 61 pictures were drawn of men and only 5 were female. Please could you help raise awareness of this deep-seated issue by forwarding the film to friends and colleagues. Share on […]

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