10 guiding role models

For International Women's Day, we pick ten inspiring women who have been part of Girlguiding at some point in their lives

Girlguiding
8 Mar 2017

In 2017, International Women's Day is calling on women to take action for a more equal world

The #BeBoldForChange campaign gives women around the world five bold ways to do that, including celebrating women's achievement. 

At Girlguiding, we're highlighting the achievements of 10 women who are both leaders in their field and role models who have been part of guiding. Find out how their successes have contributed towards a better working world for women.

1. Dame Kelly Holmes, athlete

1. Dame Kelly Holmes, athlete

Double Olympic champion and holder of many British records for middle-distance running.

2. Helen Sharman, chemist

2. Helen Sharman, chemist

Helen became the first British woman in space after answering a job ad in 1989: 'Astronaut wanted; no experience necessary.'

3. Emma Thompson, actor

3. Emma Thompson, actor

She has won awards and acclaim for her screen and stage performances. She is also a proud humanitarian, environmentalist and feminist.

4. JK Rowling, writer

4. JK Rowling, writer

JK never gave up on getting Harry Potter published, she is now the UK's best-selling living author.

5. Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, athlete

5. Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, athlete

Winner of six London Marathons and a 16-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair racing.

6. Clare Balding, broadcaster

6. Clare Balding, broadcaster

An award-winning and much loved presenter, journalist, author and LGBT icon.

7. Shappi Khorsandi, comedian

7. Shappi Khorsandi, comedian

She writes and performs material based on her experiences growing up as an Iranian refugee in the UK.

8. Nicola Sturgeon, politician

8. Nicola Sturgeon, politician

Leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland's First Minister - the first woman to hold either of these positions.

9.  Tori James, adventurer

9. Tori James, adventurer

Tori became the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, when she was just 25 years old.

10.  Anita Roddick, businesswoman

10. Anita Roddick, businesswoman

Founded The Body Shop and spent her life campaigning on human rights and environmental issues.

This is an exclusive preview from the next issue of guiding magazine.

If you're a Girlguiding member then look out for your copy arriving in late March.

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Photo credits

Dame Kelly Holmes at Athens 2004 by MachoCarioca via Wikimedia Commons.
Helen Sharman by Anne-Katrin Purkiss via Wikimedia Commons.
Emma Thompson by Garry Knight via Wikimedia Commons.
JK Rowling by Daniel Ogren via Wikimedia Commons.
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson by rjp, via Wikimedia Commons.
Clare Balding by Carine06 via Wikimedia Commons.
Shappi Khorsandi courtesy of Henry Cooksey via Wikimedia Commons.
Nicola Sturgeon by Scottish Government via Wikimedia Commons.
Tori James from her blog.
Annita Roddick from the Annita Roddick Foundation website.