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Some leaders are born women - Inequalities excluding women from leadership debated at St Paul's

Creating greater opportunities for female empowerment will be the subject of a St Paul’s debate looking at the urgent problems preventing women reaching leadership positions.
Wednesday 16 July

Entitled Women in leadership: What needs to change?, the St Paul’s Institute debate under the Cathedral dome on Wednesday 16 July will examine the considerable institutional and cultural barriers preventing many women from reaching positions of leadership, whether in politics, in business, or in the church.

Five highly-successful women will lead this public discussion.

Liz Bingham, Managing Partner for Talent at EY
Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Ceri Goddard, Director of Gender at The Young Foundation
The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons
Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress

Chaired by the Dean of St Paul’s, the Very Reverend David Ison, the panel will also look at what different sectors can learn from one another in the fight for true equality and the actions we can take to create lasting change, in both business and society.

The event will include questions from the audience, and will be followed by an open networking space in the Cathedral hosted by the Institute and in partnership with Women 1st, Women’s Resource Centre, Women and the Church (WATCH), City Women Network (CWN), and the National Union of Students.

Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul’s Institute, hopes the event will inspire new initiatives and generate real change. She said: "By bringing together women leaders from business, the church and other sectors to share ideas on how to empower women of all disciplines, we hope to promote an exchange of successful strategies and techniques. It should inspire new efforts. After all ‘some leaders are born women’.”

This event is free and open to all, but registration is essential. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Register for tickets: