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Twenty inspiring women on work, life and making it happen - each in her own way.

Pledge to In Her Own Way and support our vision: that every young woman is encouraged and inspired whatever she wishes to achieve – giving a talk, writing a book, or becoming CEO.

We learn by example; but what if we can’t find an example?

As a young woman, this can be challenging.

We are told to ‘shoot for the moon’, but the higher we lift our gaze, the fewer stars there are to guide us there.

Women occupied fewer than 28% of board positions in FTSE 100 UK companies in 2017. This shrinks to just 7% at Chief Executive level. The disparity continues in a multitude of industries and disciplines, and it isn’t just about business.

Without actively encouraging women into positions of influence, and letting their voices be heard by all generations, how will we ever change the current status-quo? How will we show younger women that anything really is possible?

In Her Own Way aims to do just this. It is a candid collection of 20 essays, by and for women of diverse backgrounds. It is designed to empower young women and give them the confidence to pursue their ambitions – whatever they may be, and whomever she may be.

In Her Own Way will be a big sister and mentor to young women: providing candid insights, stories of lessons learnt and challenges overcome, in a variety of different professions and contexts.

It will feature writing from women in teaching, television, marketing, tech, engineering, art, writing, law and much more. It will show that anything can be achieved, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, and physical ability.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have this kind of encouragement at home or while in education. We don’t all have connections, or someone experienced to ask for advice. We aim to make this encouragement and advice available to more young women, particularly those who need it the most.

Change starts with a role model, an inspiration, a kindred spirit. Change is about demonstrating that female role models are out there – in all shapes and forms, and in different industries and capacities. Some of these role models are here, in their own way. Help us make change possible.

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ftse-350-companies-urged-to-fill-senior-positions-with-more-women-to-make-uk-a-world-leader-on-gender-diversity

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43668187

https://revisesociology.com/2017/10/23/boys-girls-gender-a-level/

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/08/senior-women-britains-boardrooms-unchanged-10-years

https://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2017/july/what-its-like-to-work-in-a-ftse-100-the-bame-view

Hannah Wroblewski is an auditor at a Big Four firm, which grants her insight into the office dynamics of numerous companies, and the experiences of hundreds of women. A University of Oxford graduate, she moved back to Leeds after a three-year stint in sales at Penguin Random House, to retrain as an accountant. This involved using a calculator again, which she hadn’t done since her GCSE maths exam (in which she may have cried). She walked 1,600km of the Camino on her own, launching far-reaching changes in her life, so she knows a thing or two about women finding their own path.

Imola Unger founded her first company at age 20, and has lived in 5 different countries. Working at an eBook retailer opened her eyes to women’s struggles in tech and secured her first speaking engagement in front of 300 people. She later led a digital transformation project at Penguin Random House, building on an earlier internship at the NYC offices. Imola has found the way back to her entrepreneurial roots and now works as a freelance digital consultant, trainer and writer in London.

Writing about themselves like this, both Imola and Hannah realise how much they generally underplay their achievements. Ladies, don’t do that.

Introducing Metiya

Saturday, 15 September 2018

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This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Metiya, who'll be writing a chapter in the book.

METIYA IKOWA

 

METIYA SAYS:

"My name is Metiya. I believe that we all have a gift linked to our purpose and I blog about the journey to discovering it on metiyachique.com. My blogging journey started in 2009 when I discovered the science of afro curly hair. I was studying medicine…

Meet the Author

Saturday, 8 September 2018

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It's been a while, we are sure you'd agree! Over the past few weeks we've been up to all sorts of things: sitting exams, getting settled into new jobs, and a bit of travelling. Although it's been hectic, it's also given us a chance to step back and draw together some exciting plans for the rest of the funding phase of our book, so watch this space!

But now for the important stuff: we are delighted…

Week 7: Meet the Author

Friday, 20 July 2018

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This week, we are delighted to introduce you to Dr Pragya Agarwal, who'll be writing a chapter in In Her Own Way.

DR PRAGYA AGARWAL



I am a creative and social entrepreneur running a eco design studio HEDGE AND HOG PRINTS​ and a social enterprise The Art Tiffin set up to campaign and raise funds for mental health. I studied Architecture in India and then came to the UK for a Masters…

Week 6: Meet the Authors

Friday, 13 July 2018

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It's been an eventful week in the UK... football might not be coming home, but we've got the women's World Cup to look forward to next year.

And in the meantime, we've got another two exceptionally successful women to reveal: Zoe Cunningham is the happy antithesis of women's hardships in tech, being the managing director of a software company - as well as an author and actress. Personally…

Week 5: Meet the authors

Friday, 6 July 2018

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This week, we have the pleasure of introducing you to two more of our authors, who'll each be writing a chapter about their experiences in In Her Own Way. Introducing Kate Elizabeth, and Sandra Phinbow. 

 

KATE ELIZABETH

I’m Kate and I hope that my writing can help re-define success, as well as ideas of what an ambitious woman ought to look like and do. I read English Literature and…

Week 4: Meet the authors

Friday, 29 June 2018

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We're honoured to have such an array of exceptional women to be writing for In Her Own Way. They are all making a difference in their own way - and often they've made an enormous difference in our own lives, too.

IMOLA SAYS: "I'm proud to reveal that one of our authors is Kate Wilson, the visionary leader of disruptive children's publisher Nosy Crow. It is impossible to keep track of the awards…

Week 3: Introducing...

Friday, 22 June 2018

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Thank you for your support of In Her Own Way so far.

This week, we are excited to introduce Nabihah, a writer and activist, who'll be sharing her experiences as one of our twenty authors in In Her Own Way. Read on to find out more...

NABIHAH ISLAM

Nabihah is a published poet with over 10 years’ experience in the Literary Arts. Her poetry is well known in Bangladesh where she had three…

Week 2: Meet the Authors...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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As another week goes by, this means one thing for us: we have the pleasure of introducing you to two more of the amazing women who'll each be writing a chapter in In Her Own Way.



ELEANOR LISNEY

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Eleanor Lisney has lived in 3 continents and 4 countries, starting in Malaysia, moving to the UK for her undergraduate degree in English and American Literature. She…

INTRODUCING....

Friday, 8 June 2018

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Thank you so much for pledging to support In Her Own Way - we are delighted to see each of your names on the list of supporters.

Every week we are going to be revealing two of our authors who'll each be writing a chapter in the book about their own experiences. 

We CANNOT WAIT to share their stories with you, so think of these as a little 'sneak preview' of what's in store for the rest of the…

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