On Tuesday 13th March, a group of 15 students from Years 7 – 12 were invited to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity: they were asked to attend the European premiere of the new Disney movie, A Wrinkle In Time.
This fantastic opportunity came to us through The Female Lead, an organisation founded by technology entrepreneur Edwina Dunn to raise the profile of inspiring female role models and connect them with the next generation of female leaders, girls currently at school. The director of A Wrinkle In Time, Ava Duvernay, was featured in The Female Lead’s inspiring book, ‘Women Who Shape Our World’, alongside our CEO and Headteacher Dr Vanessa Ogden.
Students joined Ava, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling on the red carpet, before attending a Q&A with the cast and director and then watching the film. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students, and one that they will never forget. The chance to attend a red carpet event is exciting, but what was especially meaningful for our students was the opportunity to meet and talk with women – and especially women of colour – who are not only achieving huge success in their chosen fields, but who are using their platforms to advocate for social change, to amplify the voices of those who are too often silenced, and to demand a fairer world for women and girls.
We would like to thank The Female Lead for everything they continue to do to inspire our students, and girls everywhere. We would also like to thank Ava Duvernay, Disney, and the cast and crew of A Wrinkle In Time for a magical, inspiring evening.