100 Years of Girl Power!!!

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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

Burgh School

29 Responses to 100 Years of Girl Power!!!

  1. Emily January 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Can you think of any other great female role models?

    • Oliver January 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Interesting story Emily and a fascinating read. One female role model that I can name at this moment is Ellie Simmonds, a person born with dwarfism who wasn’t afraid to enter the Paralympic swimming contest. She has courage which can be admired by everyone which is why I think she is a great female role model!

      • Emily January 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm

        Thanks Oliver, Ellie Simmonds was on the short list.

  2. admin January 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    An interesting topic, Emily.

    How about Serena Williams (tennis) or Tina Turner (music).

    YJA Co-editor

    • Emily January 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Many thanks for the kind comment.

  3. admin January 17, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    PS Many years ago, I bumped into Dame Tanni Grey Thompson when I worked for BBC Lincolnshire. She was competing in a race at Woodhall Spa and, afterwards, was kind enough to be interviewed. A lovely lady and well worthy of a place on your list.

    Bill T

  4. Matt January 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Love this article Emily! What a great idea and a very interesting read. I’d like to throw into the pot Beyoncé, a lot of girls I know love the queen of pop and really respect her as a powerful, modern woman. Also how about Oprah Winfrey? She is loved and respected in America and around the world and a little fun fact for you, Oprah was the 1st African-American billionaire!


    • Emily January 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Matt, nearly put Beyoncé in the article, but I had so many to choose from.

  5. admin January 19, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Discussed this with my wife Cathy, Emily. Being a sporty type, I thought she’d opt for someone like the runner Paula Radcliffe but she surprised me by going for our current Queen Elizabeth, who she greatly admires. A great choice though!

    YJA Editor

    • Emily January 22, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Bill

  6. Eryn January 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Great article, I knew about most of these people but not that much about them this was amazing!

    • Emily January 24, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks for the comment Eryn, I couldn’t believe what Tanny had done.

  7. Aimee January 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I might be being silly but I didn’t know any of these people until I saw this

  8. Aimee January 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I know most of these people. Anyway, great article!

  9. Sonny January 24, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Amazing article Emily. This is probably one of my favourite articles I’ve seen so far 😉 😀

  10. Katie January 24, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I love this article Emily, I know most of these people but the people I did not know about, I know about now. Well done, keep up the good work.

  11. Danni January 24, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    WOW!!!! Great article Emily, I can’t believe that so many women are role models.

  12. Elvie January 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Wow, I really enjoyed your article Emily. I would have never known so many great facts about some inspiring women if your article hadn’t have been posted, so thank you. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see more of your amazing work!

  13. Abi Boston High January 25, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Loved this article. How about Emma Watson, Miranda Hart, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Mader, Evanna Lynch, Lana Parrilla, Michelle Obama, Florence Nightingale, Paloma Faith, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox. All of these women show that they are proud women.

    • Emily January 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions Abi!

  14. nicolaisatYJA January 25, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Great article, loved it! How about you mention Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and Arianna Grande in?

    • Emily January 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks for all the suggestions!

  15. Paige E January 25, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Great article! I have a couple of suggestions. Dame Sarah Storey (DBE) and Laura Kenny (CBE).

  16. Jonny January 25, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Great article

    • Emily January 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm


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  18. Oliver February 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Perfectly fitting for the suffragettes, the people who fought for the women’s fight to vote, as it is the 100th anniversary.

  19. Emily February 9, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Thanks Oliver

  20. Abigail February 9, 2018 at 8:22 am

    My favourite people on there are J.K Rowling and Steph Houghton.