Role Models

Russell Watkins/ Department for International Development.

Russell Watkins/ Department for International Development.

Hello all!

Today I thought I’d talk to you about Role Models. I did a workshop about them for this lovely conference, with two very cool gangs of 11-13 year old young women.

It was really great to get the chance to chat and make bracelets and talk about who we considered a Role Model and what that meant to us.

Lots of people talked about Anne Frank, and Malala Yousafzai. Both teenage girls, and wonderful writers who opened people’s eyes to terrible things going on in the world around them.

Speaking out against oppression, like Anne, Malala and Rosa Parks is a very Role Model thing to do. Also kindness is a big factor in being a Role Model, consideration for other people and working to make the world a better place is something a lot of people look up to

We talked about Gabrielle Douglas, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie. If you’re talented and you use your powers for good, it’s quite a cool way to be. Jaques Cousteau was a role model for a girl who hopes to be a marine biologist, which I thought was very cool.

The people I’ve talked about above are role models the girls chose when we were chatting, but I might finish off by telling you two of my role models. I love Dorothy Parker for fierce talent and clever snark and a sense of fairness. I really admire Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche for her talent as a writer and a speaker (she writes for grown-ups, but I think you might like listening to her talks anyway)

A lot of people talked about the Role Models that weren’t famous. One girl’s next door neighbour was a cool music teacher, and one girl really admired her dance teacher. Mums and Dads also featured heavily during our brainstorm.

So basically the 11-13 years olds I talked to valued kindness, talent, a sense of justice and standing up for what you believe in in their role models? What qualities do you value in yours? Do you have any favourite role models who inspire you?

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