The Female Lead

The Female Lead

Women Who Shape Our World


This is a one-of-a-kind book, which will motivate generations of girls and women for years to come, The Female Lead is a collection of portraits - in their own words - of over 50 inspirational women who changed the world around them. With stunning photography and heartfelt, personal interviews, this will inspire a whole generation of young women.

'A truly inspirational book' -- ***** Reader review
'Beautifully written and illustrated' -- ***** Reader review
'A beautiful, inspiring book' -- ***** Reader review
'Loved it! Truly inspiring!' -- ***** Reader review
'Inspiring and motivating with beautiful images' -- ***** Reader review
Over fifty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers and campaigners, fire fighters and film stars. Together they form an arresting gallery of portraits, each one illustrated with original photography by Brigitte Lacombe.

Some have led their professions; some have broken new ground for women; some have inspired changes through relentless endeavour. All were chosen for their ambitions and achievements and all tell their stories in their own words.

Includes portraits from Meryl Streep, Tina Brown, Lena Dunham, Jo Malone, Laura Bates, Yeonmi Park, Lucy Bronze, Julie Bentley and Michaela DePrince, amongst many others.

For girls, it can be hard to identify role models in our society. This book will help and inspire women everywhere to realize their hopes and ambitions.

About the author

Edwina Dunn

Edwina Dunn has always been fascinated by people’s stories and motivations. As the co-founder of worldwide loyalty programmes like Tesco’s Clubcard, Edwina knows first-hand what it feels like to work in a male-dominated industry, and how women’s lack of confidence so often holds them back.
Edwina founded The Female Lead - a not-for-profit organisation - in 2012, which has showcased hundreds of women's stories of achievement and endeavour, globally, since then.
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