The national Inspiring Women campaign launched on 17 October 2013. The campaign's ambition is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, over the next year, to talk to 250,000 young women.
Since the 2012 launch of the Inspiring the Future programme, 70% of state secondary schools have signed up as a means of finding volunteers to talk with pupils about jobs and careers.
The Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women campaign launched with a 'career speed networking' event hosted by Miriam González Durántez with 100 girls from 11 state secondary schools talking jobs and careers with 10 high profile successful women.
The campaign began with 10 women sharing their career insights with 100 girls. The high profile women who took part in the launch included:
- Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP and the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg,
- Fiona Bruce, BBC journalist and presenter,
- Athene Donald DBE, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge,
- Thea Green, CEO Nails Inc's,
- Bettany Hughes, historian and broadcaster,
- Livia Firth, Creative Director Eco Age Ltd,
- Carrie Longton, Mumsnet co-founder,
- Carolyn McCall, CEO easyJet,
- Heather McGregor, entrepreneur and Financial Times columnist and
- Barbara Stocking DBE, former CEO Oxfam and current President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.
How you can get involved
This national programme is entirely free - for state schools, employers and individual volunteers - and is a simple way to volunteer for one hour a year and make a real difference to the aspirations of young women.
Just register on the Inspiring the Future website, then schools near where you live or work can invite you to talk to their pupils.
We need to bring about a significant culture change so that it becomes commonplace that girls, wherever they live and whatever their social background, get the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs, from 18-year-old Apprentices to seasoned CEOs. Whatever you job or your career stage, girls in state schools want to meet you and hear about your job.
Have your say
Read (and think about contributing to) the Inspiring Women campaign blog.