Inspiring Women

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.

*Education and Employers report: Drawing the future, exploring the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world.


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 resources for KS1 and 2: Budding Futures and Uplifting Futures. Children will meet volunteers working in jobs that turn gender stereotypes on their head.

Log in or sign up to access now via your portal homepage.


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’.