Inspiring Women

Latest news: Women in Science with L’Oréal

We believe fostering female scientists of the future starts much earlier in life, which is why, to mark the tenth anniversary of L’Oréal’s For Women in Science, we’re linking with L’Oréal to inspire women in science.

Working with the L’Oréal team, we’ll be pairing inspirational women in science with primary schools, to help instill a love of the sciences at a young age, and to excite them about the possibilities of a science-based job.

Because by encouraging more scientists into schools and opening children’s eyes to the range of careers that science leads to, we can help bring those possibilities to life. By introducing young girls to female role models working in science, we can help make scientific jobs feel both exciting and attainable.

Anne Lyons, President of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said:

“Role models from the world of work can have a big impact on children – they can help them see why the subject they are studying matter. It also helps to tackle the stereotypes children have from a young age which lead them to think that certain subjects and careers are not for them. We know that children from the age of 5 often stereotype the jobs people do according to their gender – and this is particularly the case in science. That is why we are keen to get more volunteers who work in science to volunteer an hour of their time to visit a local school and chat to young people about their job and career route.”

How can you help?

The main aim of the campaign is to encourage women with a job that uses science in any guise, to volunteer in a local primary school. Anything you can do within your networks to encourage this, will help us all inspire more young female scientists.

Now is your chance to get involved. Sign up to Inspiring the Future to help inspire the next generation of women in Science. Don’t forget to select ‘L’Oréal ForWomenInscience’ to let us know how you heard about us.

See photos from the campaign launch.

Read a case study from a Women in Science volunteer. 

Inspiring Women campaign background

The national Inspiring Women campaign launched October 2013 and already has 24,000 amazing women ready to talk with girls in state schools about the ‘job they do’ and route they took. Our ambition is to see these women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools collectively talking to 500,000 young women. We already have 24,000 women so let’s make it 30,000 by 2017!

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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Watch our Inspiring Women cartoon to see the campaign explained in seconds

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

Watch a video clip of Inspiring Women in action at Basildon Upper Academy.

Watch a video clip of the Inspiring Women campaign launch event (Oct 2013).

The Inspiring Women Campaign: the story so far

Read about the first 18 months of Inspiring Women in this campaign summary.

IW Campaign Summary Digital

Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch says, “As Inspiring the Future’s lead corporate supporter, we believe that educating the next generation is crucial for a strong economy and for successful communities. We are particularly encouraged by the launch of Inspiring Women in Finance, which will help broaden young girls’ horizons and awareness of the many types of careers available to them in financial services. Our aim is that through our collaborative efforts with partners, we can educate, inspire and motivate more young women to consider a career in finance.”

“We are extremely proud of our association with the Inspiring Women campaign which already provides such valuable counsel to young women across the UK. The programme’s international expansion to China is very exciting as it will give even more young women the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the vast array of career options available to them.

“It is through programmes such as this that Education and Employers are making great strides in helping to break barriers for women to enter particular industries. Ultimately, these efforts will improve workplace diversity which is essential in today’s modern business world. I hope that companies across China will sign up to Inspiring Women so that together, we can all help young women around the world, to realise their potential, take charge of their futures and become tomorrow’s leaders.”

Some of the women who have supported our Inspiring Women Campaign:

Dr Margaret Aderin-Pocok MBE, Space Scientist

Jenny Agutter OBE, Actor

Chantal Aimee-Doerries QC, Partner, Atkins Chambers

Shelley Alexander, Editor, Women’s Sport, BBC

Maggie Alphonsi MBE, English Rugby Union Player

Christiane Amanpour CBE, Chief International Correspondent, CNN

Clara Amfo, DJ, Radio 1

Charlotte Appleyard, Director of Development, Royal Academy

Clare Balding OBE, Broadcaster and Author

Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, British Council

Capt Lynn Barton, Pilot, British Airways

Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyds of London

Amanda Berry OBE, CEO, BAFTA

Dame Carol Black DBE, Principal, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Sarah Blomfield, Managing Director, Rothschild

Gail Bojarski, General Manager, Benefit Cosmetics

Sally Bolton OBE, former Managing Director, London 2017 World Athletics Championships

Louise Brealey, Actor

Ursula Brennan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Charlotte Briscall, Head of Digital Experience, Sainsbury’s

Fiona Bruce, Journalist, BBC

Helen Butters, Atlantic Rower

Muffy Calder OBE, Vice-Principal, University of Glasgow

Samantha Cameron, Consultant, Smythson

Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair, Youth Sports Trust

Karen Carney, England Women’s Footballer

Clare Christian, President, Parliament of Tynwald, Isle of Man

Clare Connor, Head of Women’s Cricket, English Cricket Board

Mary Contini, Author and Chef

Stacey Copeland, Boxer

Diane Côté, Group Chief Risk Officer, London Stock Exchange Group

Sara Cox, Radio Presenter, BBC

Professor Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer

Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Director of Engagement, English National Ballet

Katie Derham, Music Presenter, BBC

Emma Dillon, Professor of Music, King’s College, London

Liz Dimmock, Founder, Women Ahead

Jo Dipple, CEO, UK Music

Professor Athene Donald DBE, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge

Carma Elliott, CMG OBE, Director, British Council China

Brenda Emmanus, Broadcaster and Journalist

Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director, Eco Age Ltd

Susie Forbes, Principal, Condé Nast College

Gina Foster, Milliner

Sue Fox, CEO, M&S Bank

Ann Francke, CEO, Chartered Institute of Management

Jean Fritts-Eskenazi, International Chairman African and Oceanic Art, Sotheby’s

Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, CEO, Virgin Money

Helen George, Actor

Karen Gibson, Senior Manager, Aston Martin

Collette Gibson, Train driver, Great Western Rail

Miriam González, Partner, Dechert LLP

Amelia Granger, Head of Film UK, Working Title Films

Thea Green MBE, Founder and MD, Nails Inc

Abi Griffiths, TV Presenter

Jo Hales, Head of Buying, Marks and Spencer

Tarana Halim, Hon’able MP & State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications, Bangladesh

Mandy Hickson, former fast jet pilot, RAF

Rev Canon Tricia Hillas, Canon Pastor, St Paul’s Cathedral

Charlotte Hogg, COO, Bank of England

Mary Homer, Managing Director, Top Shop

Kelly Hoppen MBE, Presenter

Bettany Hughes, Historian

Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer for Wales

Baroness Judith Jolly, Liberal Democrat Peer

Alex Jones, Presenter, BBC

Anna Jones, Presenter, Sky News

Baroness Tessa Jowell DBE, Politician

Farah Kabir, Country Director, Bangladesh, Action Aid

Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director, Microsoft Bangladesh

Tammy Kane, Creative Director, Christopher Kane

Jackie Killeen, Director, Big Lottery Scotland

Kanya King MBE, CEO, MOBO

Vanessa Knapp OBE, Professor of Law

Adriana Konjani, General Manager, Shell Business Service Centre

Baroness Susan Kramer, Politician

Charlene Laidley, Founder, The FutureProof Foundation

Yang Lan, Journalist and Chair Sun Media Group & Sun Culture Foundation

Katherine Legge, Formula E Driver, Amlin Aguri

Wei Li, Opera singer

Pinky Lilani OBE DL, Associate Fellow, Said Business School

Tasmin Little OBE, Violinist

Alison Loehnis, President, Net a Porter

Carrie Longton, Co-founder, Mumsnet

Daisy Lowe, Model

Christina Lundberg, Head of Womenswear, Superdry

Lorraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Network Rail

Dr Clare Marx CBE, President , Royal College of Surgeons

Dame Carolyn McCall DBE, CEO, easyJet

Heather McGregor CBE, Director, Taylor Bennett

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO, MITIE Group plc

Dame Joan McVittie DBE, Past President, ASCL

Angela Mitchell, Partner, Deloitte

Kirstin Mogull, Managing Director, Tate

Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Armed Services

Kate Mosse OBE, Novelist

Ngaire Moyes, Communications Director, EMEA, LinkedIn

Elizabeth Murdoch, Businesswoman

Helena Newman, Chair of Sotheby’s Europe

Liz Nicholl OBE, Chief Executive, UK Sport

Taryn Nixon, Chief Executive, Museum of London Archaeology

Susie Olbrich, Film Producer, Journalist

Jan Paterson, CEO, British Olympics Association

Sue Peart, Editor, YOU

Arlene Phillips, TV Presenter, Choreographer

Amy Powney, Creative Director, Mother of Pearl

Frances Quinn, Graphic Designer, Baker, Author

Jessica Raine, Actor

Naomi Riches MBE, British Paralympic Rower

Nishma Robb, Head of Marketing, Google UK

Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director, English National Ballet

Amanda Roocroft, Opera singer

Chrissie Rucker MBE, Founder, The White Company

Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council

Cathie Sabin OBE, President, Lawn Tennis Association

Perri Shakes-Drayton, Athlete

Luna Shamsuddoha, Chairperson, Dohatec New Media

Sandie Shaw, Singer and businesswoman

Jane Shepherdson CBE, CEO, Whistles

Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief, British Vogue

Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn

Cilla Snowball CBE, Group Chairman, Group Chief Executive, AMV BBDO

Merryn Somerset Webb, Editor in Chief, Money Week

Amanda Squires, Director of Operations, Royal Albert Hall

Dame Barbara Stocking DBE, President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Andrea Sullivan, Head of Environment, Social and Governance, Community Engagement,, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jo Swinson, Director, Equal Power Consulting and former Business Minister

Jennifer Taylor, COO, EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Nikki Thomas, Fast Jet Squadron Commander, Royal Air Force

Professor Sally Thomlinson, Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Founder, ASAP

Justine Thornton QC, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Emmer Timmons, President, BT Global Services UK

Jenny Tinmouth, British Superbike Rider, Honda Racing

Samantha Truelove MBE, Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy

Claire Valoti, Head of Agency Relations, Facebook

Olivia Vinall, Actor

Karen Vousden, Director CRUK Beatson, Glasgow University

Tabitha Webb, Designer

Air Vice Marshal Elaine West CBE, Royal Air Force

Nicola Williams, Service Complaints Ombudsman

Barbara Woodward CMG OBE, British Ambassador to China

Tracey Woodward, CEO, Urban Retreat

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

Nicola Williams, Service Complaints Ombudsman