In 1872 four female pioneers defied convention and changed the course of history for women in the UK when they started the GDST. The organisation has, since that time, been responsible for the education of about a quarter of a million girls, often against the odds, helping them to realise their potential and to make a meaningful difference in the world.
A glance at our list of notable alumnae reveals that GDST women have an amazing record of achievement in so many different areas of business, academia and public life. In the latest edition of Verve, the magazine for our Alumnae Network, we showcase just some of the brilliant achievements of our alumnae network, worthy recipients of awards, plaudits, recognition and reward that make us all so proud.
While women may have made real progress over the past 150 years, we all know that there is so much more to be done. Like our founders, I believe we are on the cusp of changing the course of history again, as the evidence for a gender-equal world becomes ever more compelling and women continue to shatter glass ceilings, defy convention and change the world for the better.
I believe we are on the cusp of changing the course of history again, as the evidence for a gender-equal world becomes ever more compelling.
We are very fortunate to have such a strong GDST Alumnae Network that can provide the kind of support to our girls they so badly need when they are thinking about career choices and life beyond school. Our mission is to find ways of connecting each girl with someone in the network who can provide informal careers advice, and answer any questions they may have across any and every field of study or career path.
As the network continues to grow, we want to make sure we can offer this kind of support to all those who need it across the broadest possible spectrum of options. We can only do this with your support. If you are an alumna and are happy to be contacted by us to see if you may be able to help advise a student or young alumna interested in your field of work, please do update your contact and career details.
We would be so grateful if you could take a minute to let us know what you are doing, so you might help inspire a young woman starting out in her career with the generosity of your time and experience.
I’m so proud to be Chief Executive of this remarkable organisation. I’m proud of its long history and look forward to contributing to its shining future. And, as we prepare for that future, I’m proud that the GDST has the support of so many alumnae on the journey ahead.
So please put your hand up. Together we can make a difference. Together we can change the world.