Inspirational Women

There are already many amazing women who are helping to shape Wales and the UK in a number of ways; as Public Appointees, Trustees of charities, Board members of public and private organisations and alongside volunteering there are also some inspirational role models working to further the equality of opportunity in public life.

We wanted to highlight the journey these women have made towards success to show that barriers can be overcome and inspire more women to take steps to achieving a public appointment themselves.

If you are or know of a woman who is an inspiration to others get in touch so that we can share your story.

Kirsty Williams AM

Kirsty Williams is the Assembly Member for Brecon & Radnorshire and the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Kirsty Williams AMKirsty grew up in Bynea in Camarthenshire and after attending the local primary school and St Michaels School in Llanelli, she went on to study at Manchester University and the University of Missouri. Kirsty then went on to work at Carmarthenshire College and for a small business in Cardiff as a Marketing Executive.

In 1999, Kirsty was elected to be the Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire and in 2008 she was elected Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Kirsty lives near Brecon with her husband and three daughters and outside of politics she enjoys travelling, spending time with her family and shopping!

Kirsty was inspired to get more involved in public life so she could make her community in Wales a fairer place to live. Public life gave her the opportunity to stand up for those who would be otherwise ignored. At the National Assembly for Wales, Kirsty particularly enjoys her role on the Health Committee, doing casework for people and organisations in her constituency.

When describing the barriers in getting to where she is today, Kirsty says that "trying to become a politician when I was young was difficult and I think there are real financial barriers for people who wish to stand for political office." Kirsty says she was lucky to have such a supportive family and key individuals within the Liberal Democrats went above and beyond to help her in her career. She is particularly thankful to her high school history and politics teacher Mr. Burree, who inspired her to become politically active.

Kirsty's advice to other women who want to get involved in public life is; "Be tenacious, use every opportunity to gain skills and experience and don't be put off by people who say it is not for you, nor give in to that internal voice of self doubt which can often be your biggest enemy."

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