St Philomena’s sixth former Miriam David, 17, shadowed Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake to celebrate International Women’s Day.
MPs were encouraged to invite a local female student to shadow them for the day in Parliament on 6th March 2014. Hoping to inspire young women from all walks of life, the day aimed to provide the perfect opportunity for a young woman to experience political life and see how Parliament works.
Tom said: “It is important to have days like this where we, as a society, can reflect on the progress we have made. This must fuel a more determined drive to further reduce gender inequality.”
Following her day in Parliament which involved activities such as touring Number 11 and taking a ‘selfie’ with Speaker John Bercow, Miriam said: “it gave me the opportunity to do things which firstly made my friends very jealous, and secondly made me seriously consider taking up a political vocation.”
Towards the end of the day, Mr Brake bumped into Greenshaw sixth former Marie Arnold, 17, also a local resident who was coincidentally shadowing another Parliamentarian through a sponsored scheme.
When asked what they got from the day, Marie said: “it was very inspiring as we were able to see women who have managed to reach the top of their careers.”
“Although it may be hard, it is not impossible for women to succeed in their chosen profession”.
Miriam commented: “I didn’t feel inspired; I felt empowered. Being a part of change wasn’t something I have to look forward to in the future; I can do it now.”