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College students are inspired this International Women’s Day

High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Carole O'Neill, talking to our students on International Women's Day.

To celebrate and raise awareness of International Women’s Day 2021, our Enterprise department organised a day of virtual talks, presentations and activities from inspirational female speakers.

Kick-starting the day was Carole O’Neill, the very first female High Sheriff of South Yorkshire. Carole spoke to our students about the history of High Sheriffs in the country whilst sharing her Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen.

Carole also shared her life experiences as she expressed the importance of education and its ability to open doors in the world of work. She told students of her personal journey through education and how she went from a qualified nurse running the Accident and Emergency department at Doncaster Infirmary through to becoming a magistrate and later Deputy Chairman for South Yorkshire before retiring to become High Sheriff.

Highlighting this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Choose to Challenge, students also received a wealth of resources about positively challenging themselves through interactive Nearpod presentations and information packs.

Nat Jackson, Founder of Totally Runable and Director at Barnsley Women’s Football Club, was part of the interactive presentation and explained the importance of confidence in physical ability and having female role models in life. Nat also discussed how students have a responsibility to bridge the gender gap in sport by recognising how it is portrayed in the media, whilst positively engaging with social media content which celebrates sport regardless of gender.

Students also had the opportunity to take part in a step-by-step football activity put together by Sophie Ibberson, our Women’s Football Development Officer. Click on the following link to watch: Sophie’s football skills

Lee Perks, Cultural Capital and Personal Development Co-ordinator, said: “This year, we have worked with several of our contacts including Talent United Partner, Nat Jackson of Totally Runable, to collate resources to send out to our students as well as hosting a number of guest speaker sessions such as one with the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Carole O’Neill, who provided a brilliant talk to our students highlighting her own personal journey and success.

“We are committed to being actively involved in the social and cultural development of our community, raising aspirations and driving social mobility through recognising the importance to of International Women’s Day. The progression that has been made so far is great, but we know there is still a long way to go to ensure equality for everyone.”

Last updated: 10th March 2021

Originally posted on: 10th March 2021

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