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Who Is Your Daughters Role Model?

If you are a parent of a young daughter, do you ever find yourself concerned about the people that she looks up to, the people that influence her ideas about the world and about herself?  Don’t get me wrong, there are so many inspirational women in this world for our daughters to look up to but unfortunately, we live in a society that places so much importance on ‘celebrity’ and their influence is far-reaching and can have such a negative impact. In recent times we have come to realise that maybe the people that should be inspiring and influencing us are not the people that have been in the past.  

Recently, role models have seen a shift in importance, perfectly illustrated here in a piece of art by Banksy

I recently read about a woman who, for me, encapsulates every characteristic of someone we would want our daughter to be inspired by. Here is her story.

At 15-years-old, Leanne had a dream of getting into medical school and one day graduating as a doctor. However, there were several obstacles in her way:

  • Growing up in a single-parent home on a council estate in London

  • Meeting her father for the first time when she was 19, shortly after starting medical school.

  • Having no medics in the family, simply a sister who supported her relentlessly and believed all her dreams were possible.

  • Having a mother who was educated to GCSE level and had no clue how to navigate the higher education system.

  • Battling low self-esteem - she struggles to relate to the medical profession because she couldn’t see anyone like her… 

In spite of this, not only has she graduated as a Doctor with two degrees; whilst at medical school, she also co-founded a charity The Armitage Foundation which is a programme aimed at helping students from under-represented backgrounds get into medical school. 

In 2018 she received The Queen’s Young Leaders Award for this work and was presented this by Her Majesty the Queen.

“I’ve overcome the limitations people placed on me as the 15-year-old girl, battling low self-esteem.” 

I started the Being Girls Club because I believe that no limitations should be put on our girls, we want them to find and live their own dream, to find their own bravery to push themselves,  to find their character and stay true to it.  However, if you are going to look up to someone as a role model, this woman should be on your list.

*No affiliation, just some love and admiration!

Have an inspiring story to tell? Drop me a line at Hello@BeingGirlsClub.co.uk and let's help to inspire the next generation!

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