15 March 2019

On Friday 8th of March, a group of Year 10 and 11 girls attended an event organised by Mike Kane MP with Our Wythenshawe Woman for International Women’s Day.  A variety of female speakers from different backgrounds told their inspirational stories including Jennie Johnson MBE, Chief Executive of Kids Allowed, who spoke about how her company was formed and about being a working mother.  Another speaker was Faye Greaves, Volunteer Coordinator for Wythenshawe Community Housing group who spoke about growing up in Wythenshawe, how she began her career and her personal experience with domestic abuse and how she found a way out of it.  Mixed in with the official speakers were two ‘soap box’ moments during which volunteers from around the room took to the stage to speak for 2 minutes, Vicky a National Trust Ranger and Barrister Sally Penni both discussed how gender shouldn’t matter when choosing a profession and encouraged young people to think outside of the stereotypes when thinking about their future careers.  During the event, a lovely afternoon tea was provided by Duerr’s, Tesco, Broderick’s, and Himalaya’s Tea and students had the opportunity to chat to women from the local business community over lunch.  Student Jasleem was particularly inspired by Poet Bronwen Lewis Brooke who read some of her empowering poetry, “I really liked how Bronwen read the poems, she was really strong and I’ve never seen anything like that.”  Student Sana spoke to Bronwen about how she starts her writing and about the possibility of taking part in a creative writing session.  The event closed with a performance from the Wythenshawe Hall Suffragattes who sang ‘Nana was a Suffragette’. 

International Women's Day


International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women from the political to the social and campaigns for better gender equality.  The Manchester Evening News named 20 inspirational women who lived or worked in Manchester, including former student Kirsty Howard who fought against all odds and lived until the age of 20, raising millions of pounds for charity during her lifetime.  Please see the article here: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-international-womens-day-2019-15942321.

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