"THIS BOOK MADE ME SMILE AND
WALK A LITTLE TALLER"
Broadcaster and Journalist
We understand our world through stories; they form our culture and our history. For too long women have played supporting parts in these narratives, but at The Female Lead, women are centre stage.
Through the collected stories we hope above all to show young women the countless routes to fulfilment.
Together our female leads, who range in age, background, career, nationality, race, and beliefs, demonstrate that no one journey is right or
They are living proof that we must find our own paths and question the traditional options that women have been granted until now.
WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS IS AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE
Edwina Dunn, Founder of The Female Lead
THE FEMALE LEAD
The Female Lead is an educational charity dedicated to finding the factors that limit women’s choices and fulfilment and amplifies their voices in order to drive change and improve economic outcomes.
Women’s voices and stories have been ignored and undervalued. Girls learn early on that society expects them to follow a narrow version of success. The Female Lead shares the stories of women who have found different ways to fulfilment and achievement.
Through research, analysing data and by listening to thousands of women, across the whole spectrum of school and working life, we can begin to shape more helpful policies and interventions.
These interventions aren’t just good for women – they benefit industry and government, not just philosophically or morally but financially. Keeping women at work longer, bringing them back to work after maternity, encouraging them to aim for a bigger role, all of this will deliver billions if not trillions of dollars to the economy.
In 2021, The Female Lead spearheaded Close The Entitlement Gap to a broad media and social audience
Women are not born with an ‘unentitled mindset’; it is learned behaviour. It evolves from experiences and conditioning which encourages women to expect less, not to take up too much space, not to demand more.
Our mission at The Female Lead is to Close The #EntitlementGap. And we invite everyone to make it their mission too.
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THE FEMALE LEAD IS AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION EMPOWERING WOMEN TO TAKE THE LEAD IN THEIR LIVES AT EVERY AGE AND EVERY STAGE