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A Girl Called Dave

The first person on Mars is still at primary school. See why she’s inspired to break boundaries, and how The Female Lead project boosts her chances.

Call them Dave: at the beginning of 2017, there were more CEOs of that name on the list of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies than are female CEOs of any name (five Davids, two Daves and only six women, with Emma Walmsley due to take the top job at GlaxoSmithKline on March 31).

So if you’re the girl who wants to be the first person on Mars, might you choose to call yourself Dave? Hardly anyone talks about girls being astronauts or explorers or inventors. Only a sixth of statues of important people in the UK are women. There’s never been a greater need for inspirational women to be role models.

The Female Lead project has gathered 60 amazing women from around the world, champions of their chosen fields of business, science, culture, sport and humanitarianism. A remarkable book collects their personal testimonies and insight, offering practical advice and inspiration for a future generation of female leaders – including A Girl Called Dave.