Earlier this year, Girlguiding published the Girls’ Attitudes
Explored…Role Models report
, which found that girls and young
women across the UK suffer from an alarming ‘role model deficit’.
The research found many girls had a narrow range of role models –
largely from reality TV or the entertainment industry – which led
to a limited range of aspirations for their futures.
Girlguiding decided to tackle this problem with a series of
videos of inspirational women from a range of backgrounds and
We also spoke to a series of high-profile former members to find
out why they loved their time in guiding, and how they feel the
skills and experiences they gained have benefitted them in later
You can contribute to the debate on Twitter using the hashtag
#RealRoleModels, or why not visit the Girlguiding Facebook
page and post your comments?
Real role models videos
It’s hard to consider what career you want to pursue or what you
want to achieve in life if you don’t have strong role models to
inspire you. Girlguiding met ten inspirational women from a range
of backgrounds – including several industries traditionally
dominated by men – and found out about their jobs, the advantages
they enjoy and the challenges they face.
Meet our real role models.
Women in the Lead 2012
Girlguiding is proud to have many famous former members who have
gone on to achieve great success after guiding. We asked some of
them what they loved about being a member and to reflect on
how it has benefitted them as they have pursued careers in
broadcasting, sport, politics, and beyond.
Meet our famous ex-members.