International Women's Day is all about honouring, celebrating and empowering women. To mark this occasion, Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, introduces Kirsten Johnson, Arts & Humanities Student Experience Manager, and Dr Alana Harris, Director of Liberal Arts and Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, to share their experiences of leadership as women, their female role models and lessons on what more can be done to inspire and engage the next generation of women.
Half of our vice deans are women, the professional services executive team are predominantly female, and we have a fantastic group of heads of department who are also women [...] I couldn't be more delighted or more privileged to be working with them.– Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Kirsten Johnson delivers insight into what the celebration of International Women's Day means to her and how her female role models are those who challenge the status quo and amplify voices.
International Women's Day is a celebration of those around me to challenge social constructs to redefine what people can do, and its a reminder to me to be someone who reminds those who come after me.
– Kirsten Johnson, Arts & Humanities Student Experience Manager
Dr Alana Harris speaks about her female role model, Lilian Faithful, a women's right advocate and former Vice-Principle of the King's College London Ladies' Department, in the video below.
Lilian Faithful was a Magistrate, social worker, feminist and vice principal of King’s Ladies' Department (1894-1907). I admire her hugely. She prioritised collegiality, educational creativity and leadership from the middle. Her biographer noted her independence of thought and individuality of outlook, all characteristics to emulate.– Dr Alana Harris, Director of Liberal Arts, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History