Successful women are just like you and me – with an ambition to achieve their dream

Rachael Dickson, a Guide Leader from Bo’ness and a physics student, blogs about meeting inspirational women at the Women in the World Summit in London.

You might think that only Leaders with lots of guiding experience under their belt can represent The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at such a high profile event as the Women in the World Summit in London this month [October 2015]. I certainly did. But with support from my District Commissioner I decided to give it a go and apply – and to my astonishment I was selected to attend!

The summit, held for the first time in the UK, brought together women leaders, activists and political change-makers from around the world to share their stories and discuss ways to build a better life for women and girls. The focus this year was on girls and young women – Generation Girl – and I got the chance to attend the forum with other WAGGGS members from across the world.

I can’t begin to explain how much inspiration and confidence attending Women in the World has given me. Each speaker shared their own personal story which was inspiring in so many different ways.

Yeonmi Park, a young woman who spoke about her harrowing experience as she escaped from North Korea, made me appreciate the country I was born in. Where you’re born is like a lottery draw – and although you can’t immediately change your surroundings, through time, you can strive to do something about it.

Model Cara Delevingne, someone who I always thought must have the perfect life, spoke about her battle with depression. She made me realise that social media only ever represents a fragment of a person’s life – and often only the best bits.

I’ve always thought there must be a secret to success – a secret that not a lot of people know. But now I think I’ve found it out – these successful women are human just like you and me, but they have an ambition to achieve their dream.

This summit helped me realise that just because I don’t have years of guiding experience – yet! – it doesn’t mean I can’t still be an inspiration to my Guides.