THE FEMALE LEAD SOCIETY
WHAT WE DO
INTRODUCE GIRLS TO POSITIVE AND DIVERSE ROLE MODELS
From presidential palaces to parliament buildings, women are totally overshadowed by men, and account for less than 7% of the world’s leaders and only 24% of lawmakers, according to the latest statistics. And yet, for more than 30 years, women have earned more Bachelor’s degrees than men (Department of Education).
We believe that one simple way that we can change women’s futures is by introducing girls to positive and diverse role models, earlier in their lives, before key decisions about their futures are made. While we have made some encouraging first steps, we recognise the need to do more.
That is why we have launched The Female Lead Societies. The free resources will cover financial empowerment, portrayal of women in media, resilience, ambition and so much more.
DEVELOP GREATER SELF-BELIEF
Our hope is that the programme will develop greater self-belief in girls and in early testing we have already seen some positive results. We surveyed the girls who took part in our pilot project and at the end of the four-week programme, 83% said they felt more optimistic about their future careers and 75%t felt more confident about putting themselves forward as leaders.
We demonstrate all of the ways to find success and fulfilment as a woman, in life and work. The way we explain this to girls is thus: if you imagine your life as a story, you are the lead character, you can be the person driving that narrative – not your mum or your dad, not your best friend. It is your story and you can decide where it goes
83% OF GIRLS FELT MORE CONFIDENT PUTTING THEMSELVES FORWARD AS LEADERS
In 2017, The Female Lead book was launched and given free to 18,000 schools. The book features 60 interviews with women from different backgrounds and nationalities, from a variety of careers – scientists, firefighters, artists, journalists, actors, directors and chefs.
In 2019, we launched 'The Female Lead Society' a school’s programme to shape discussions around female representation and ambition. The programme shows young women that there are myriad ways to live and thrive, but what is vital is to take the lead in your own life.
This message is at the centre of our project and at the centre of our Schools Societies. Now that we have new prospects and freedoms, we want girls to believe in their own agency and power
The programme is made of 30-45 minute sessions, focusing on a range of topics from careers, feminism, friendships, money and lots more. It’s a community of girls working towards a bright future for themselves and other women.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AND
ATTEND INSPIRING EVENTS
THE FEMALE LEAD BOOK
Sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers and campaigners, fire fighters and film stars. Together they form an arresting gallery of portraits, each one illustrated with original photography by Brigitte Lacombe.
Some have led their professions; some have broken new ground for women; some have inspired changes through relentless endeavour. All were chosen for their ambitions and achievements and all tell their stories in their own words.
For girls, it can be hard to identify role models in our society. This book will help and inspire women everywhere to realize their hopes and ambitions.