London's Green MEP and Walthamstow resident, Jean Lambert was today quizzed by over 150 girls when she visited the Walthamstow School for Girls ahead of International Women's Day on March 8th, inspiring women to achieve their full potential.
Jean, who has lived in the area for many years and used to teach at local schools, has become a political figurehead in what was once a male dominated career. As an award winning Euro MP Jean's visit to the school hopefully gave inspiration to the girls who are already planning their future occupations.
Speaking after 'Question Time' Jean said she hoped to see more women joining the world of politics; "Stereotypically politics has been a male career, but this has changed with more and more women entering elected positions. There are so many opportunities for women within politics but we must make sure that girls are given the confidence and support they need at a young age to rise to their full potential later in life.
"What still amazes me is that children often ask me how you become an MEP and what qualifications they need to get before they can enter politics. We really need to include this information in careers education throughout schools and colleges'. Holding a 'Question Time' such as the one here today is a great way of getting the children involved, providing them with new ideas and motivation yet educating them at the same time."
Jean was first elected as London's Green MEP in 1999 and was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights at the end of last year.
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
International Women's Day: Taking place on Wednesday March 8th 2006
International Women's Day inspires women to achieve their full potential and
highlights women's progress worldwide.