International Women’s Day 21: Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

The responses to this question never fail to bring a smile to our faces, as wide-eyed children reply with inventive and imaginative ideas. Giving them our unwavering support gives them the courage to chase after their dreams and take steps make a difference in their world and ours.

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021 on Monday 8th March, we asked this question of some wonderful young girls whose Pyjama Angels encourage them to reach for the stars! Here’s what they aspire to be when they grow up: Watch here.

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY?

International Women’s Day is a time for us to celebrate women by recognising their achievements and embracing their diversity.

This year, the theme is “Choose to Challenge”. We take this opportunity to remember how far we’ve come in championing women’s rights and creating gender equality. We also want to continue to challenge mentalities and situations which are not conducive to raising young women who are confident, curious, and creative. Together, we are shaping a more equal future for young girls around the world!

INSPIRING YOUNG WOMEN – GET INVOLVED!

We all want to make a positive difference in the lives of others – here are our favourite tips and resources you can use to encourage the young girls in your world to achieve their dreams!

Read Read Read!

Read about extraordinary women who did extraordinary things! This is a fun way to educate and inspire girls, showing them the history of women’s rights, the challenges women have faced and overcome, and teaching them that they can do anything they put their minds to!

A few books we are loving right now…

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty shows the importance of families supporting and nurturing young girls’ curious minds.

Shout Out To The Girls celebrates incredible Australian women who have shaped our history and expanded our future.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls includes 100 tales of amazing women throughout history, trading fairy-tale princesses for real-life heroines.

Quick Tips

Encourage young girls to dream big, aim higher, fight harder. Remind them that they are capable of anything!

Don’t set limits on their imagination and creativity. Children have a unique gift of thinking up ideas that are out-of-the-box and ignoring the constraints we can put on ourselves. Let them dream infinitely and learn from experiences.

Encourage their natural interests and abilities and support them in everything they try! Don’t limit them to roles that females have traditionally filled – women have the right to be in any space where decisions or discoveries are made.

Reward their best efforts and encourage them to ask questions and be curious!

Take the time to introduce the young girls in your life to some strong women throughout history – let’s help our little people achieve their dreams!