Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Prominent Women with Skills We Can All Aim For

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Prominent Women with Skills We Can All Aim For

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Byline: Neil Walker

IHAVE been thinking recently of the multitude of awards and 'person of the year' events. As we approach the end of the academic year, schools often reflect on who may embody some of the characteristics and traits that we have been extolling through the last three terms.

I am a member of an organisation devoted to ensuring the best education for girls, particularly in a single sex-environment, known as the Girls' Schools Association, or GSA. This summer the president of GSA has introduced an award for a woman currently in the public domain who has inspired and influenced female students nationwide.

The shortlist of strong, influential and important females has a huge variation in age and backgrounds. Some are at the very start of their careers while some are established; some are well known in the UK, others less so. Each one has particular characteristics which make them someone worth emulating. Despite their differences it is important that the girls consider what characteristics each individual has that make them admirable.

As GSA schools we have been asked to consult our student leadership teams (head girl, prefects, etc.) on who they would choose and these votes will be combined nationally.

| Adwoa Aboah. Inspired by her own battle with drug addiction and depression, she established a platform for discussion of mental health, body image and sexuality. She produces podcasts and events, and publicises the work of other women.

| Jacinda Ardern. As New Zealand's prime minister she is the world's youngest female head of government and only the second elected head of government to give birth while in office. Following the Christchurch attacks she introduced stronger firearms policies and famously refused to say the gunman's name.

| Katie Bouman. She developed an algorithm for imaging black holes, aged just 29.

| Orla Doherty. An expert in underwater filming, she produced the Deep Sea episode of Blue Planet II and produces popular factual television, including Grand Designs. …

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