the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Students launch Inspirational Women project
19 May 2017
The outgoing Leadership Team have left their lasting impression on EHS by launching an Inspirational Women project. Bethany Lucas, Malala Yousafzai and Beatrice Kessedjian presented their final assembly to the school by discussing the women who have influenced and empowered them during their time at EHS. They spoke movingly about their own role models and explained why they have made an impact on them and others around the world.
Bethany chose Emma Watson and discussed her recent ‘HeForShe' campaign and her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Malala chose Maria Toorpakai Wazir who fought prejudice and inequality to become Pakistan’s top badminton player. Beatrice chose the ‘world’s best teacher’, Hanan Al Hroub, recently awarded the Global Teacher Prize for educating children in challenging environments.
There followed a short video clip from the Canadian Prime Minister who had recorded a special message for EHS - the girls were delighted! In his message Mr Trudeau gave the girls encouragement to be proud feminists. A link to the video clip can be found at the end of this article.
The leadership team then challenged the rest of the school to think about their own role models and who inspires them on a daily basis. They were overwhelmed with the positive response from girls, form groups and staff and inundated with nominations including figures as diverse as Serena Williams, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Queen Elizabeth II, Benazir Bhutto, Dame Kelly Holmes, Caitlin Moran and many more – see full list below.
Consequently, posters of the EHS inspirational women shortlist will now be appearing around school to echo the ethos of EHS - to stand up for the truth and what is right, to show kindness and compassion, and to persevere with grit and resilience. We look forward to seeing our role models around school over the coming weeks.
The List of Inspirations
JK Rowling - Author - submitted by 7E/ 7J/ 8W
Serena Williams - Tennis Champion - submitted by 7J
Caitlin Moran - Author and journalist – submitted by the Sixth Form
Anne Franks - Diarist - submitted by the Sixth Form
Angelina Jolie - Actress and UN Ambassador - submitted by 7H/ 8K/10M
Maya Angelou - Author - submitted by the Sixth Form
Rosa Parks - Activist - submitted by 7J/ 8D/ 8B
Katie Piper - Model and Campaigner - submitted by 8K/ 90
Emmeline Pankhurst - Political Activist - submitted by 8D
Boudica - Roman Queen - submitted by 8K
Michelle Obama - Former US First Lady - submitted by 90/ 10S/ 10M
Benazir Bhutto - Former Prime Minister of Pakistan - submitted by the Sixth Form
Dame Kelly Holmes - Athlete - submitted by the Sixth Form
The Queen, Elizabeth II - Royal Family - submitted by the Sixth Form
Queen Elizabeth I - Royal Family - submitted by 90