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International Women’s Day 2024: Who inspires you?

Fri, Mar 8th, 2024
Worth School

Today is International Women’s Day and we asked our four senior prefects to name a female role model who inspires them … and we had some great answers.

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across time. Held on 8 March every year since 1909, it is an important day on the calendar.

Deputy Head Girl Jessica: Ayanna Soyini Pressley – an American politician who was the first woman of colour to serve in the 100-year history of the Boston City Council. Pressley placed a strong focus on issues surrounding women and children cross culturally. She is the founder of ‘The Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities’ and works collaboratively and internationally to give value to women’s rights and support those who feel underrepresented. An inspirational activist whose policy is to lead with compassion she states, “We can't be a world-class society if anyone is made to feel like a second-class citizen.”

Deputy Head Boy David: Priscilla Shirer – is a Christian who is an American author, motivational speaker, evangelist and actress. Priscilla is often moving around the world, in particular America, giving talks specifically about her personal experiences and journey to faith, and she has a real gift in speaking out about problems she has struggled with, and how she has combatted this. She is an encouragement to many, no matter their walks of life or faith.

Head Boy Guilhem: Katherine Johnson – famously portrayed in ‘Hidden Figures’, was one of the first African-American woman to work as a NASA scientist. Not only helping to land the first man on the moon, she also actively worked to break down gender and racial barriers around her.

Head Girl Gigi: Billie Jean King – she is most widely recognised for defeating the former world number 1 men’s tennis player, Bobby Riggs, in which she beat him in straight sets. She was the first woman to be named Sportsperson of the Year in 1972. Even after retiring from tennis, King continued to advocate for gender equality. Additionally, she was the first president of the Women’s Tennis Association and founded the Women’s Sports Foundation, whose goal has been to advance the lives of girls and women worldwide through sport and physical activity.