09 Mar

International Women’s Day and Girl Boss Week!

This week we celebrated ‘Girl Boss Week’, an initiative to mark both National Careers Week and International Women’s Day. On Monday, Thirds were given a talk by Dr Sara Jabbari of the University of Birmingham. On Tuesday, we ran a CV Clinic during lunchtime, which was designed to help Sixth Form students build their CV to advertise their skills and interests in the best possible way.

At lunchtime on Wednesday, we welcomed broadcast journalist Genelle Aldred who has worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. Genelle talked about her varied career in the media and the pros and cons of freelancing versus being on the staff, as well as inspiring us all never to ‘dim our light’! Thursday 8th March was the official International Women’s Day and Mrs Moule delivered a wonderful assembly for the Upper School to inspire us all. During lunchtime, several Old Edwardians returned to KEHS to take part in our Women and Careers Panel Talk. We welcomed Madeline Grant, a Digital Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs; Catherine Hodge, Research Assistant at UCL and a manager at Network for Africa; Mita De, an Independent Artist Manager; Jyoti Sehdev, a Civil Engineer and STEM ambassador; Lola Oyebode, Associate Professor of Health at the University of Warwick; Ellie Davidson, a Quantitative Analyst; and Shruti Chaudhuri, a manager at Deloitte. The panellists were joined by our very own Mrs Hargraves and Dr Chatwin, who talked about women and careers and how we should all #PressforProgress which was this years’ International Women’s Day theme. Zahra in the Lower Sixth acted as panel moderator and kept the discussion flowing beautifully, covering topics from discrimination in the workplace and experiences working in fields dominated by the opposite gender, to how gender equality might best be addressed. Our Sixth Formers had the opportunity to practise their networking skills and were able to talk to our former students who are forging successful careers in public health research, finance, civil engineering, digital communication, the charity sector and music management.

We ended Girl Boss Week with a networking lunch for Sixth Form girls, who were invited to talk to Old Edwardian Katie Smith about her career in publishing and communication, and her current role ‘in the thick of it’ as Senior Press Officer for the Prime Minister’s Office. Also this afternoon, Mr Rodgers used his quizmaster skills in a fun lunchtime session for the Lower School. There was also a selfie station at the entrance to the library, inviting girls and staff across the board to pose with a couple of iconic females.

Many thanks to all those who took part this week, as well as the staff involved in the organisation and delivery of the vast array of activities. I think we can truly say that we ‘Bossed It’ and that #KEHSgirlscan!