A special magazine edition of a book written by Tatton MP Esther McVey is set to inspire young girls to aim for the stars when it’s published to coincide with International Women’s Day (Thursday 8th March).
Entitled ‘If Chloe Can’, it will feature stories from women who work in parliament in a range of different roles.
These include jobs in: research, communications and marketing, law, hospitality, security, property management – as well as member of parliament and prime minister.
The special edition marks 100 years since some women first got the right to vote and were allowed to stand for Parliament.
Esther McVey said: “It showcases the diversity of jobs available to women in Parliament.
“If you want to work there but do not want to be an MP there are so many other roles and opportunities available.”
She added: “I am meeting with community groups and visiting schools handing these out and I hope young girls across Cheshire will identify with some of the people featured and it will inspire them to believe they can achieve anything they want with hard work.
“I want all young people to achieve the extraordinary, to believe with hard work they can do anything they want and not be afraid of failure.”
The people featured in the magazine are normal people – not from generations of political campaigners or relatives of MPs, but people who decided they wanted to do something and went out and got it.
Each story is unique and offers words of encouragement for younger generations reading the magazine to follow their dreams.
“In the past 100 years we have had two female prime ministers which proves there is no reason any job should be out of reach based on gender,” enthused McVey.
There are thousands of jobs in parliament, with only 650 for MPs and a myriad of other career opportunities on offer.
Ms McVey wrote the first If Chloe Can book in 2010. It started as a magazine for young girls featuring successful women and was later made into a play by the National Youth Theatre.
Ms McVey explained: “If Chloe Can is a career book, it is about role models, who are successful in a broad range of professional areas.
“When I started the project I spoke to many inspirational women including an astronaut, a whisky distiller, fashion designer, entrepreneur and creator of the world’s first solar-powered fridge.”
She asked: “How often are teenage girls invited to consider such interesting options?”
Mc McVey added that she wants every young child to be empowered instead of fitting into a preconceived stereotype that a particular sex does a particular job.
“You only have to look at the top jobs to see women are still struggling to make a statistical impact.
“We have come a long way but there is still a long way to go and I hope the young girls reading this across Cheshire will be inspired to follow their dreams and know they can achieve.”