At university, I have come to understand that I hold a lot of privilege compared to many other women around the world. I strive to use this privilege to empower and educate other women and being part of Friends of Irise (FOI) has given me the opportunity to do so. Not only this, but FOI has helped me to realise my own potential as a woman and the extent to which we can bring about change for us all by working together. This has spurred me on to push for change and do everything I can to ensure that marginalised women and girls have their basic needs met such as access to education, de-stigmatisation of issues surrounding womanhood and the opportunity to better themselves and the women of the future.
Why is practical action so important?
Being part of FOI has allowed me to raise awareness of global gender inequality among my peers at university through; campaigns, teaching in local school and inspiring the next generation of girls to be the change they wish to see in the world. Additionally, I have been part of the team which coordinates fundraising events such as quizzes, nights out and sponsored hikes throughout Sheffield.
I am keen to pursue a career in research, specifically in macroevolution. When I came to university the leaky pipeline in STEM subjects became increasingly obvious to me. This realisation has become another source of motivation to enter in to that particular line of work and use the platform to encourage other girls to take on traditionally male-dominated careers.
Who inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by the team of people I work with at FOI, who I am now lucky enough to consider my friends. Their fierce determination and commitment to tackling gender inequality drives me to do the same every day and their sense of fun, compassion and energy is contagious.
From a science perspective, Jane Goodall is an inspiration to me because her work revolutionised the role of women in zoology.
What advice would you give to young girls who are finding it hard to be a girl?
Sometimes life is hard when you’re a girl when it comes to getting your period, the way boys treat and talk to you, your developing body and relationships with your friends and family. However, connecting to other girls and women around you helps you to realise that you are not alone.
Historically, there is no denying that when women face adversity
we come together in unison with strength, determination
and you can carry on that legacy."