13 March 2018
The Inspirational Women’s Day event organised by the school, celebrated both International Women’s Day on 8th March and the school’s 125th Anniversary.
Women and men, all experts in their diverse fields, spoke candidly to the pupils about their experiences and the challenges faced to succeed in their professions. Double amputee, BBC Journalist and blogger, Kat Hawkins started the day with a keynote speech and the programme closed with a presentation from Joanne Harris, author of bestselling novel and Oscar nominated film, Chocolat.
Over 30 speakers took park in the event in total including the Bishop of Ripon, CBI Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Director, CTO of Morrisons, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Fashion; Director of Consilia Legal; Chief Executive of Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce, an Astrophysicist, a Civil Engineer, a Magistrate, a Psychiatrist, a Gynaecologist, Entrepreneurs, and members of the women’s business networking group, Bird Board.
Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College, Mrs Sylvia Brett said, “We’ve been educating inspirational women at Harrogate Ladies’ College for 125 years. The aim of this event was to inspire the next generation of women. We wanted to challenge their thoughts and perceptions, to encourage them to think ‘outside the box’ and to help them realise that anything is possible with hard work, determination and perseverance.
“I’m incredibly grateful to all the amazing speakers who joined us and made our Inspirational Women’s Day a huge success. As we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, I’m proud that we’re continuing to lead the way in girls’ education. “