Headmistress’ Blog -International Women’s Day

Dear Parents,

Meet Mia. She runs a successful business. She is also a mum to two fabulous girls. She is a very busy lady and somehow manages to juggle everything that life throws her way. She is a real do-it-all modern woman.

She starts her day with a lovely hot shower – water heater invented by IDA FORBES – then she sits to drink a nice cup of filter coffee – MELITTA BENTZ invented the coffee filter. Mia is in a hurry and spills a bit of coffee on the carpet, she is relieved that it is Scotchguarded and so repels water, oils and other liquids – PATSY SHERMAN. She puts the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher – JOSEPHINE COCHRANE. She packs a break time snack for her girls – RUTH WAKEFIELD invented the chocolate chip cookie. The girls look smart in their uniform, their wrinkle free cotton shirts – RUTH BENERITO – and Mia is pleased that she didn’t have to get the ironing board out – SARAH BOONE. The girls have fencing club that day, Mia worries about  the girls’ safety and them getting hurt, she is pleased that the fencing clothing contains Kevlar – STEPHANIE KWOLEK.  She makes her way to work listening to the radio where THERESA MAY is doing her Prime Ministerial bit about Brexit and she thinks about MARGARET THATCHER, Britain’s first female Prime Minister, she wonders if they got on well with QUEEN ELIZABETH II. Mia makes a note to herself to remember to vote in the upcoming local elections – EMMELINE PANKHURST. Her mind wanders to BOUDICCA , Queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. Before long she is at work, she switches on her computer – ADA LOVELACE sometimes regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a “computing machine” and the first computer programmer – GRACE HOPPER, at the forefront of computer programming.

Mia leaves work early and goes to visit her friend, who is recovering in hospital, her treatment has been helped by recent great advancements in understanding the blood systems of cancer patients, which could lead to a cure for the disease – ANN TSUKAMOTO. On her way home it starts raining so Mia puts on the windscreen wipers – invented by MARY ANDERSON. When the girls get home they insist on a game of monopoly – ELIZABETH MAGIE, but they can only play once they have taken Foxy, their pet dog for a walk –  MARY DELANEY invented the retractable dog lead.

“Have you any homework to do?” Asks Mia.

“Yes  Mum, we have to research some women who invented things, but we don’t know where to start.”

“Why’s that?”

“Well, there are just so many!”

Teaching our girls that they are bold, courageous, strong, ambitious, resilient, assertive go-getters is an essential part of our parenting and our teaching. These qualities are not gender specific, they are ingredients to helping our girls believe that “THIS GIRL CAN!

Amanda McShane
Headmistress

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