Ordinary women doing extraordinary things: empowering the future workforce

Wed Oct 04 2023 at 06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Frenchay Campus - UWE Bristol | Bristol

UWE Bristol
Publisher/HostUWE Bristol
Ordinary women doing extraordinary things: empowering the future workforce
Join us to hear how the Antarctic Fire Angels are challenging gender stereotypes and inspiring women and girls to achieve their ambitions.
About this Event

Event Description

Ahead of their upcoming1,130km expedition to the South Pole, the Antarctic Fire Angels come together with UWE Bristol for an evening of challenging gender stereotypes, and the barriers women face when entering traditionally male dominated industries.

Historically, women and girls have been stereotyped into certain roles, making them unaware of their own capabilities outside of these boundaries. The Antarctic Fire Angels are breaking down these stereotypes, becoming visible role models as 'you can't be who you can't see'.

UWE Bristol are working with the Antarctic Fire Angels to inspire others to achieve their ambitions through adversity and to break gender barriers in the work place. Hear from the Antarctic Fire Angels at this event, along with our panel of experts (line up to be announced soon) on their experiences of equality within the workplace.


18:00 - Arrival and registration

18:30 - Event starts

20:00 - Drinks and Networking


Prior to the event, there will be an opportunity to take part in a workshop, alongside the Antarctic Fire Angels and our panel of experts.

The workshop will encourage a discussion around gender stereotypes and the barriers facing women in male dominated sectors, with the goal of establishing a network of women who work in these sectors.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please book your place via this link

About the Antarctic Fire Angels

The Antarctic Fire Angels are 2 female firefighters, who came together at a Women in Fire Service Training and Development event in 2019, and were inspired to undertake an expedition to 'show what women are capable of'.

They are currently training to ski 1,130 km from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole in November 2023. The journey will be unassisted and unsupported, pulling 85kg supply sleds in temperatures as low as -50c, with possible wind speeds of over 60 mph! This has never been achieved by an Emergency Services team before. By conquering this expedition, the Antarctic Fire Angels hope to inspire and empower women and girls to achieve their ambitions.

To find out more about the Antarctic Fire Angels, or to donate to help them complete the expedition, visit their website. 


UWE Bristol welcomes all abilities/disabilities, ages, ethnicities, and gender to our events. If you have any questions, concerns or additional requirements then please let us know, by contacting [email protected], so that we can make your time at this event as comfortable as possible.

Venue information:

Disabled parking: Yes (limited spaces)

Step-free access: Yes

Accessible toilets: Yes

Assisted Listening: Yes

Guide/assistance dog-friendly: Yes

Quiet spaces available: Yes

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Frenchay Campus - UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, United Kingdom


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