Lionesses Leah Williamson and Beth Mead have topped a list of female role models for youngsters.
After their ground-breaking success in the Women’s Euros, the pair took first and second place in the top 20 list of confidence boosting icons, ahead of Harry Potter Star Emma Watson and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Other role models include football stars Lucy Bronze and Alex Scott, and Olympian Laura Kenny.
Early days in confidence
The poll of 1,000 parents, carers and guardians of children aged 3-6 also found 72 per cent feel their young children are, or were, worried about starting school, with 51 per cent of parents also sharing this anxiety.
As a result, 74 per cent are looking for tips to help build their children’s confidence, while 65 per cent of parents are seeking role models for their kids.
The research was commissioned to mark the launch of Ultimate Princess Celebration: Time to Shine – a new role model-led initiative created by Disney Princess and educational charity The Female Lead.
Fronted by Lioness captain, Leah Williamson, the campaign aims to inspire and grow the confidence of young children as they prepare to start school – and during the early years that follow.

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