Sharing inspirational, first-hand career stories of working women to motivate girls to consider the widest range of future careers.
Children begin to form gender stereotypes about occupations from the age of six*. Having the opportunity at school to meet a wide range of women doing different jobs is really important. Inspiring Women connects schools with inspirational, diverse female volunteers from a range of interesting jobs, who talk to young people and children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting futures. Our in-school and virtual activities feed curiosity, break down gender stereotypes and open young people and children’s eyes to future possibilities.
Inspiring Women challenges girls to think about what they want to be and why and show them that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Over 24,500 amazing women have already signed up and are ready to talk with girls in state schools about the ‘job they do’ and route they took. The Inspiring Women volunteers are from a wide range of occupations, and by going into schools they are collectively talking to over 500,000 young women.
Volunteers can take part in a range of activities from ‘career speed networking’ and informal classroom talks, to enterprise activities or careers fairs.
Register today via the Sign Up button at the top of the page to see and contact the Inspiring Women volunteers in your area.
You can also access our pre-recorded resource: Budding Futures-Tackling Gender Stereotypes (KS1/Y3)
Children consider what a builder or florist might look like before meeting Kimberley working in construction who takes us on a mini tour to meet her female colleagues onsite, including a bricklayer, dumper roller driver and highway engineer. Then children meet Jonathan, a celebrity floral designer who shows us how to create a simple arrangement as he tells us how his hobbies and love for nature led to his job. Accompanying optional learning resources include a brief teacher guide about challenging gender stereotypes in job aspirations, pupil activity worksheets to consolidate learning and display slides for classroom learning.
Become an Inspiring the Future volunteer to help inspire young women to think about their futures. Sign up at the top of the page and select ‘Volunteers register here’.
Find out about our campaign Women in Science, which pairs inspiring female role models in science with primary schools.