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International Women's Day

Senior Saints offer advice to next generation of women

10 Mar 2021

Participants in Southampton community scheme pass on their experience

As part of Southampton's International Women's Day celebrations, participants from the Saints Foundation's Senior Saints programme have shared their experiences and discussed the challenges they have faced in their lives.

Receiving guidance from people who have a lifetime of experience can have a powerful impact on the younger generation, and this advice has been turned into a short video which will be shown in local partner schools.

"At first we weren't able to drive... 'Oh well, you're a woman, you don't drive'," said one of the participants.

"Well I'm afraid that was the first thing I did was get my driving licence when I was first married, and I never regretted it."

That sense of independence is an important part of the message from the Senior Saints, who have urged young women to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.

One participant said: "Believe in yourself. If there's something you really want to do, go for it."

Last week, a group of 16 to 18-year-old girls from the Foundation's National Citizen Service programme had an online chat with Senior Saints participants about their experiences as women across generations.

Female inclusion officer Shannon Sievwright will also be delivering women’s role model workshops at Oasis Academy Lord's Hill this week.

Also in this series

Part 1: Massey-Ellis: We don't just tick boxes
Part 2: 'FPL is a great way to bring more women into football'
Part 3: Sheff Utd stars on the women who inspire them
Part 5: Premier Skills giving female coaches the chance to shine

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