LEH Students posing in the Selfie booth for IWD
  • Enrichment
  • Fundraising
  • Senior
  • Wellbeing

 

International Women’s Day, which this year took the theme #BalanceForBetter, started with the Senior School assembly on Tuesday.  The LVI Creative Directors discussed some statistics explaining the issue of gender imbalance and showed a video they had made, interviewing staff about their perceptions of women and the need for International Women’s Day.  Over the course of the week posters appeared around school raising the profile of the day and giving us all plenty of food for thought.

On the day, students arriving at school were asked to write a wish for women to attach to “Wishing Trees” in the Gateway Foyer, while in the Atrium girls were doing the #BalanceForBetter pose in the selfie booth and writing their pledges for the day.  In both locations, our art installations used female clothing to highlight gender inequality and make statements about our goals for women.

We used a Mufti Day, at which we were all encouraged to wear something purple, to ask pupils and staff to bring in a pack of sanitary pads or a donation for the charity Bloody Good Period. We will be giving more than 180 packs of pads and pantyliners, along with over £700, to aid them in their work providing period supplies to food banks, refugees and asylum seekers.

New Zealander Alicia Saila, prop forward for Harlequin Ladies, was in UIV lessons teaching the girls the haka.  The traditional Maori dance has been described as “involving large amounts of shouting, as well as the use of the arms and legs to intimidate the opponent”, fitting in with the mood to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The highlight of the day was at lunchtime, when a panel of five exceptional women from very different walks of life talked to the girls about their experiences of being a woman in the workplace and the obstacles they have had to overcome to get there. Panellists included Kay Hallsworth, Commander, Royal Navy, Alicia Saili, from Harlequins Ladies’ rugby team, Michelle Elman, a body confidence coach, Preeti Virdee, entrepreneur and rugby journalist, and Polly Highton, actor and activist. They shared their life experiences with an attentive audience of pupils and staff before taking questions from the floor. 

Two of the most important lessons learnt from the panelists were:

Be inclusive and authentic and true to yourself.

Don’t care what people think of you; just be yourself and be confident in that.

By Mrs Hughes - Deputy Head

  • International Women's Day
  • LEH Senior School
Selfie taken in IWD Assembly with all the LEH Senior school students doing Balance for better pose
Stash of sanitary products collected on IWD to be donated to Bloody Good Period
LEH Students with Alicia Saila pulling their Haka faces
LEH Junior uniform on manniquin with quote from Michelle Obama written on
View of LEH students in the gateway foyer writing labels to go on the tree of promises
LEH students hanging their wishes on the tree of wishes
White clothing hung on hangers with statistics written on them
IWD SPeaker Panel taking a selfie with Head Mistress
Alicia Saili from Harlequins ladies doing IWD selfie
Polly Highton, actor and activist doing IWD selfie
Kay Hallsworth, Commander, Royal Navy doing IWD Selfie
Michelle Elman, a body confidence coach doing IWD Selfie
Preeti Virdee, entrepreneur and rugby journalist and LEH Alumna doing IWD Selfie
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth
LEH students with balloons in the International Women's Day 2019 Selfie booth