Inspiring Women is a campaign that aims to expose girls and young women across China to a range of professional roles and career options. Inspiring Women is about breaking down career stereotypes and encouraging young girls and women to raise their aspirations. We want to inspire the next generation to expand their horizons, realise their ambitions and fulfil their career potential.
We’re building a network of volunteers – inspirational female professionals who can spare one hour of their time to visit schools and share their stories.
20 years ago, Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women which resulted in a defining framework for change. The framework envisioned gender equality in all dimensions of life. While much progress has been made, women across the globe still share many challenges in achieving the aspirations expressed at the conference two decades ago. Speaking at the UN recently, President Xi Jinping called for a renewed commitment to promote gender equality. First Lady Peng Liyuan also called for the opportunity for all to receive an education, and highlighted what we can do together to effect real change. This reminds us of some of the remaining challenges that the next generation of women will have to face.
Today, women around the world still earn less than their male counterparts and are under-represented at senior levels in the workplace.
Prevailing gender stereotypes mean that young women often discount careers which they could excel in. Inspiring Women aims to challenge and break down these prejudices to empower women to flourish.
Wanted - professional women to share their stories
We are appealing for female volunteers from all professions and backgrounds to go into schools in China to share the story of their career. From artists to zoologists, CEOs to apprentices, we want to hear from you. Whatever your job, career, or life stage, make a difference and help inspire young women across China.
We are delighted that Yang Lan, one of China’s most successful female entrepreneurs, and HM Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward, the first woman to hold this post, have agreed to become patrons of the Inspiring Women initiative and support its important work in tackling gender stereotyping.