BLUES LADIES PRESS FOR PROGRESS
Blues Ladies are celebrating and pressing for progress today on International Women’s Day (IWD).
Throughout this week, Blues Ladies have been taking part in a series of events in recognition of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
International Women’s Day provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women’s equality, launch new initiatives, celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness and highlight gender parity gains.
At Tuesday night's home game with Middlesbrough, Blues and England defender Jess Carter revealed her journey of how she became a professional footballer on the big screen at half-time. The powerful video encapsulates the progress women’s football has made and Jess’ determination to be a role model for the next generation of female footballers.
“When I was younger, I never dreamt of making a living by becoming a professional footballer,” she reveals.
“I had two older brothers who were good at football, and they’d make me join in. I’m definitely better than them both now! It's thanks to the sponsorship and increased media coverage that just wasn’t there before that people like me can play at this level.
“There are increasing similarities between the men’s and women’s games, I have been a full-time professional footballer for three years. I’m delighted to see that from next season all my peers will be able to achieve that too.
“People look up to me as a role model and that’s another reason why I want to be a better professional and set the standard for the next generation of women’s football.”
Today, Kerys Harrop, Sarah Mayling and Lucy Quinn will be delivering a training session for the girls football team at Bishop Challenor School in Kings Heath, who recently won the Birmingham City Community Trust EFL Girls Cup.
Support the #PressforProgress campaign this International Women’s Day.