The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland has recently launched a new initiative to inspire women to strive for the top jobs in higher education by showcasing the careers of successful female academics. A booklet – Women in Academia Now, edited by Aileen Fyfe, Ineke De Moortel and Sharon Ashbrook, has been published detailing the career paths of female members of the Young Academy of Scotland. ‘The brochure aims to facilitate and inspire further discussion and study about the career progression of women in different disciplines across the entire range of academic disciplines. By focusing on the mid-career stage, it offers a set of role models for early career researchers, many of whom still harbour doubts about whether academia is a good career for women.’
‘Britain’s top sportswomen have the medals to show for their talent and dedication. But who were the inspirational people they looked up to in their fledgling careers? The inaugural Women’s Sport Week, which runs from 1-7 June, aims to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport.’
‘Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.
The week is being led by Women in Sport, supported by National Governing Bodies, Sky Sports, the BBC, Sport England and supporters from across the sport sector.’
BBC Sport has asked some of Britain’s highest-profile sports women about their sporting idols – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/32899147
Who has been an inspiration in your career? Who is your role model? Do we need more role models?