Feminist writer gives Parliament Hill school-leavers rousing confidence boost

Feminist writer and human rights activist Natasha Walter speaks to Year 11 students at Parliament Hi

Feminist writer and human rights activist Natasha Walter speaks to Year 11 students at Parliament Hill School before they leave the school for last time. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A feminist writer and human rights activist gave teenage girls some parting words of advice as the pupils attended school for the last time.

Natasha Walter, author of Living Dolls: Return of the Sexism, told school-leavers at all-girls Parliament Hill School, in Highgate Road, to follow a career that inspires them.

The 47-year-old warned the Year 11s not to be swayed by others’ expectations, but to be confident in their own ambitions.

“Superhead” Sue Higgins opened the leaving ceremony with a reflection on the students’ journey from being girls to becoming women during the five years they have been pupils.

The emotional day was rounded off with an end-of-year prom. It was the last time pupils would attend before receiving their GCSE results in August.


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Kate Brown, achievement team leader of Year 11, said: “The girls were really buzzing from hearing Natasha speak.”

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