Students get inspiration from Suffragette event

Students at St Benet Biscops in Bedlington talking to women in business as part of the Emily Inspires programme.  Relative of Emily Davison, Lauren Caisley from Parties@Stagecoach. GM016303
Students at St Benet Biscops in Bedlington talking to women in business as part of the Emily Inspires programme. Relative of Emily Davison, Lauren Caisley from Parties@Stagecoach. GM016303

Students have taken the chance to interview successful women from Northumberland as part of the Emily Inspires programme.

An Aspiration and Enterprise event was held at St Benet Biscop’s High School in Bedlington, using the legacy of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison to raise awareness of how women’s choices have changed.

About 60 sixth form girls were introduced to Emily’s story, before being split into small groups to spend eight minutes questioning women who work in business or community roles about their background, challenges they have overcome, their own sources of inspiration and any advice they would give.

After the session the students were asked to consider how the event had inspired them and would affect their future choices.

The initiative was organised by the school in partnership with the Emily Inspires team, which is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Emily Davison, who was struck by the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby while attempting to attach the Suffragette colours to its reins.