On social media at the moment is a campaign that I wanted to share with you all. You can find out more about it here
It is a fact that girls feel inspired by reading and seeing the stories of how women got to be where they are now. It isn’t always about successful career women sharing their stories, it is women living their lives in ways that work for them.
So the campaign is on now, until mid October. Why not add you story. It tells you how to do it on the link above.
Here is my story…
This little girl is me.
She was quite shy, loved books, being in the greenhouse or on a walk with grandad, fishing with dad.
She loved dungarees, wore hand knitted jumpers and had short curly hair. She wasn’t a girly girl, she was a happy girl.
She went to school and worked as hard as she could in all her lessons. She looked around her and some girls were prettier, others cleverer and some more popular than her – and she was happy most of the time.
Whilst at school she created a belief that she was ‘rubbish at maths’ this was because she was 23rd in a class of 25. What she forgot to notice, and nobody thought to tell her was that she was 23rd in a school year of over 130 pupils… split into 3 bands and she was in Band 1 Set 1 for all of her subjects.
She left school at 16. She didn’t quite get the exam results she was predicted to get and she started work as a trainee accounts clerk at the local dairy. This job needed lots and lots of maths! Funny now, back then it felt terrifying.
Whilst she was in this job, age 16, a colleague thought it was ok to put his hands on her in an inappropriate manner. It wasn’t and she was brave and told her mum and someone at work. The matter was handled carefully and the situation never happened again.
It did make the job less attractive and so a year later she moved into a job with the Civil Service, as a very junior member of the team there was a lot to learn and her first insight into what a hierarchical management system was. There were many rules and procedures to follow and for her aged 17, it seemed a good place to work.
She worked in the unemployment benefits office, seeing people who were out of work, made her appreciate her job and also made her want to help them in getting their benefits on time and help to get into work. She found her purpose in this job.
All her career moves afterwards had the same theme, helping people, solving problems and creating options, guiding people who felt lost.
She also added to this, helping people to find their voice and use it to be the change in the world, rather be changed by the world.
Why am I telling you this?
Because 70% of girls feel more confident about their futures after hearing from women role models.
You don’t have to have all the answers at 16 or 18. Its ok to find your path in time and you will, once you find the thing you really enjoy.
I encourage all the fabulous women in my network to participate in this campaign by Inspiring Girls International led by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
Thank you to all the amazing women that have already shared their stories.