Breaking Barriers

The Transformative Power of Toilets

As a development professional with experience in the field of education in India, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of seemingly mundane interventions.… Read more

Showing girls that politics is for them too

Telling girls from a young age that politics is for them and showing them role models is vital to getting more women into public life.

Lifting Limits’ Chief Executive, Caren Gestetner, has written a guest blog for Centenary Action about how gender stereotyping feeds the under-representation of women in the House of Commons (35% of MPs) and in the House of Lords (29% of Members).… Read more

Finding the women in history

By Karin Doull

Karin Doull is an Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University. She has been a fellow of the Historical Association was a Chartered Teacher of History (CT Hist) and writes extensively for the Primary History journal. She is also active in promoting history through workshops, webinars and conference seminars.… Read more

‘Helpful girls’ and ‘strong boys’: gender stereotyping in schools

Caren wrote a blog for the RSA arguing for a whole school approach to challenging gender stereotypes

‘Stereotyping continues to feed the gender unequal outcomes still seen across society. In order to stop it in its tracks, our education system needs both to banish stereotyping from the school environment and to equip the next generation to call it out wherever it appears.’

When girls are in the driving seat, futures change

Go Girls Go!
© Allison Black

Frances Gilbert has been a children’s book editor for 25 years but this is her first authored picture book. She was inspired by much of the gender inequity she’s seen in children’s books over the years to write a vehicles book for girls that put girls in the driver’s seat and let’s them know they don’t have to take a passenger seat to anyone.… Read more

Conduit Insights blog

Caren wrote a blog for Conduit Insights at The Conduit, telling her story of why she co-founded Lifting Limits, the success of the pilot year and what our next steps are as we continue to grow.

She writes

When I left a legal career ten years ago to pursue my passion for gender equality, I could not have foreseen how rewarding it would be to work with primary schools to open up the possibilities young children can see for themselves and others, regardless of their sex or gender. 

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A year to clean five schools of sexism – shouldn’t others do the same?

Journalist Donna Ferguson visited one of our pilot schools, spoke to the children and staff, interviewed our CEO Caren and wrote about our successful pilot year for Guardian Education in November, the week we published our final evaluation.

A class of 10-year-olds are sitting on the carpet looking at their teacher with open mouths.

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Challenging stereotypes in schools, for everyone

Olivia wrote a post for issue 7 of Sonshine, a magazine about raising boys for an equal world.

She writes about how the Lifting Limits programme benefits boys as much as girls:

At Lifting Limits, we often want to know if there’s anything particular that’s happening at the school that has made them want to sign up to the programme.

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