100 Years of Girl Power!!!
This year we will be celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote, made possible by the Suffragette Movement. Since then, many females have achieved great prominence- here are some of the more famous women we know today:
Steph Houghton MBE (footballer)
Steph was born on 23rd April 1988. She is the captain of both Manchester City and England football teams. With over 80 caps for England, she is a role model for all women who want to play football.
Helen Sharman OBE (astronaut)
Helen was born in Sheffield on the 30th May 1963. Before becoming an astronaut she worked as a chemist for the confectionary company Mars. At the age of 27, she was the first British female to go into space to visit the International Space Station.
She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and has several school buildings named after her.
J.K. Rowling OBE (author)
Born on 31st July 1965 and better known by her initials, J.K. Rowling’s first name is Joanne. Writer of the Harry Potter books with over 500 million copies sold worldwide, making her one of the most popular and richest authors in the world today!
She once said: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”
Dame Tanni Grey Thompson DBE (former Paralympic athlete)
Tanni was born in Wales on the 26th July 1969. She has won 11 Olympic gold medals, winner of the London Marathon six times, has set 30 Guinness World Records and is Britain’s most famous Paralympian athlete.
Theresa May (prime minister)
Theresa was born 1st October 1956. She went to university in Oxford and is the present prime minister of the UK.
Our first ever female prime minister Margaret Thatcher once told a reporter: “In politics if you want anything said ask a man, if you want anything done ask a woman.”
England Women’s Cricket Team
They were the 2017 winners of the ICC Cricket World Cup, so maybe it’s unfair to single out an individual!
There is a little-known fact that the women’s world cup was first held in 1973, which is two years before the first men’s tournament!
All the above started out like you and me. If you dream big enough and work hard enough anything can be achieved by anyone.
Emily T, Year 6