The British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) is holding the Strictly Democracy competition on 18 November to celebrate the achievements of five inspirational women who have brought about social change through democracy. The winner will be awarded the title “Woman of Democracy 2014”.
Rising female stars from science, technology, medicine, charity work and social innovation will compete in a “Strictly” style competition in November, as part of Parliament Week, called Strictly Democracy.
Five female contestants who are academics, entrepreneurs and campaigners will be judged and rewarded, not for their dance moves, spandex and celebrity, but for their social and medical breakthroughs, charity work, campaigning and democratic successes.
The contestants are:
Dr Ellie Cosgrave – Co-founder of Science-Grrl
Alison Baum – CEO of charity Best Beginnings
Benita Matofska – Chief Sharer, The People Who Share & Compare and Share. Founder of Global Sharing Day
Dr Lucy Thorne – Centenary award holder for research on the norovirus
Lottie Birdsall-Strong – Graduate student at Cambridge carrying out research into gender equality in Sports
Chairing this event is Gwen Rhys, who is founder and CEO of Women in the City – an organisation which promotes, recognises and rewards female talent.
The judges are:
Ruth Spellman OBE – First woman CEO of the Worker’s Educational Association
Gwenda Nicholas – National Council of Women President
Dr Gloria Banner – President of the BFWG
Jenny Morley – Immediate Past President of BFWG
The winner will receive a financial prize plus free annual BFWG membership and title of “Woman of Democracy 2014”.
Event partners include Parliament Week, Workers’ Educational Association, Best Beginnings, The People Who Share, Women in the City, Rotary of Great Britain and Ireland, Science Grrl, and The National Council of Women.