Real role models for young women
Girlguiding has assembled an array of
famous former members – including Paralympic gold medallist Ellie
Simmonds MBE and journalist Kate Silverton – to pay tribute to the
skills, confidence and self-belief they gained through guiding.
The organisation has also launched 10 inspirational videos
featuring successful women from a range of careers and
backgrounds, to inspire girls to think more widely about their
futures and show them that anything is possible.
With the superb success that Team GB’s women have
achieved at the 2012 Olympic Games, there’s never been a better
time to inspire girls and young women to be all that they can
be, especially as recent research found many aged 7 to 21
struggled to name a single famous sportswoman prior to London 2012.
When asked which female sportswomen they could name, one respondent
said, 'That one in I’m A Celebrity…Fatima Whitbread'.
Britain’s sportswomen have made front-page
news throughout the Games and many have become household names
and, no doubt, role models, including former guiding members
Victoria Pendleton, who won gold and silver in track cycling, and
Lizzie Armitstead, who won silver in the cycling road race.
Last year's Girlguiding’s ‘Girls’
Attitudes Explored…Role Models’ report showed girls
suffering from an alarming lack of positive female role models,
resulting in a narrow range of aspirations for their futures.
One the most shocking findings was that many
girls dismissed entire industries and potential careers as "jobs
for boys" at a time when youth unemployment has exceeded 20 per
Girlguiding spent the day with ten
inspirational women in a wide range of careers and industries to
show girls that no career path is out of reach.
Broadcast journalist Beccy Meehan covers
financial news from around the world and presents several shows on
She said, 'It’s so important to have a
role model, it helps you to form your own ambition. It’s quite
reassuring and motivating to see someone that has achieved what you
are trying to achieve, to see what other women have tried to
'It’s a shame that reality TV [stars] and
models have become the women with the highest profile in the media.
When I was growing up there were a lot more positive women role
models, and I hope that comes back again.'
Watch the Real Role Models videos and see
what our former members got out of guiding.
Famous ex-members discuss what guiding means to
A number of well-known former guiding members
have spoken about how being a member had a positive on their lives
and equipped them with skills and confidence that they still
rely on today.
Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer and
former Brownie Ellie Simmonds MBE said: 'I always enjoyed Brownies
when I was younger. It was tremendous fun every time with a
seemingly never-ending range of different activities to do,
allowing us to have new experiences and develop new skills.'
'It was a place where we began to learn to
work as a team, developing the skill of taking responsibility for
ourselves and others, while supporting and helping those around
us,' she added.
Find out what other famous former members
had to say about their time in guiding.
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