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Girl Power

By Mrs Laura Woodwood, Senior School PE Teacher

Definition – “Girl Power”: used in reference to an attitude of independence, confidence, and empowerment among young women

When Sporty, Ginger, Baby, Posh and Scary hit the stage in 1997, “Wannabe” Girl Power was the saying on everyone’s lips. Nowadays we have a whole new meaning to the term Girl Power with athletes such as Jessica Ennis, Kate Richardson-Walsh, Laura Kenny and Geva Mentor showcasing their hard work in athletics, hockey and netball just to name a few. Teresa May and Hilary Clinton are helping to demonstrate that women are a force to be reckoned with and that women are highly regarded within the government.

An article about Girl Power wouldn’t be complete without some inspiring quotes from those who inspire women all over world:

Jessica Ennis said “The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.” Something that I feel we all suffer from is that moment of self-doubt. Nobody knows how much you have in the tank except you and nobody knows how much energy or effort you’ve just used except you.

“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles”. We all aspire to be like someone or as good as someone whether they be famous or someone in the same class but there is only one of you so you need to be the best version of ‘you’ that you can be.

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”  Oprah Winfrey.

Did you know that the circular saw was invented by a woman named Tabitha Babbit, The Engine Muffler was invented by El Dorado Jones, Kevlar-a fibre found in crash helmets and bulletproof vests invented by Stephanie Kwolek and the windscreen wiper by Mary Anderson. For hundreds of years women have been doing incredible things but now more than ever the playing field is wide open for young women to close the gender gap and show that something men will never poses is “Girl Power.”

Top tips to being a successful young woman:

Finally all successful women believe in themselves!