Wythenshawe Women: Breaking Through at Saint Paul’s! < < BACK

Pupils were delighted to take part in Wythenshawe Women: Breaking Through, a fashion show with a difference - one which challenged stereotypes of how women should dress.

A group of Year 11 pupils from the school submitted a costume for the fashion show, as well as challenging stereotypes, the event also showcased some of the careers in which women are breaking through the glass ceiling. The event also included inspirational women speakers who are connected to Wythenshawe and Sale and who told their own personal stories of breaking through in their respective careers.

The show, held at Manchester Airport, was designed to celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme for Manchester International Women’s Day 2015 is 'breaking through' so the focus was on women in Manchester breaking through both nationally and internationally.

Mrs Claire Hunt, Assistant Headteacher, said: “At Saint Pauls, we have a group of Year 11 girls who form the “Shine” group. These pupils are mentored by staff to ensure they receive the best possible outcomes in their GCSE examinations. The group is called “Shine” and the girls meet regularly to discuss their progress, ambitions and aspirations. We see these young women as ‘breaking through’, they are breaking through any barriers to them achieving their potential and challenging the perceptions of those around them.”

Mrs Hunt added: “The pupils’ entry was titled ‘What glass ceiling?’, they had to present their entry on the catwalk, choose the accompanying music and prepare a short presentation about the entry and chosen career.”

“Two of our pupils presented the costume: one a world champion sportswoman in the stereotyped ‘male’ sport of Thai Boxing (a member of the group holds the World Black Belt Championship in Thai Boxing) and an Engineer (as we are a Specialist Engineering College),”  commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “These are definitely girls who are changing perceptions about what women are and what women can do!”

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