A female version of the ‘George and the Dragon’ statue has been unveiled ahead of International Women’s Day – inspiring a new generation of girls that they can do anything.
The ‘Georgina and the Dragon’ model shows a powerful young girl rearing on a BMX bike as she triumphantly slays the dragon, which symbolises several stereotypes females still face today.
Designed in collaboration with Girlguiding Advocates, the statue was revealed in St John’s Wood beside a traditional male version as a mark of women’s empowerment.
The dragon is decorated in a collection of outdated beliefs and phrases that were shared by girls and young women.
And ‘Georgina’ uses a rucksack as a shield which is covered in badges that young women have gained across their individual Girlguiding journeys – such as ‘Speaking Out’, ‘Inventing’, ‘Construction’, ‘Navigator’ and ‘Entrepreneur’.
The newly designed ‘Girls Can Do Anything’ badge is the latest one to be added to the collection – empowering girls to think big and be bold in a space where they can be themselves, get creative, explore and have fun.
The charity also commissioned research to reveal the most common stereotypes women and girls still battle with in their everyday lives – despite coming a long way when it comes to equality and non-prejudice.
Half of the 450 girls aged 10-17 polled think their gender is more likely to experience negative stereotypes compared their counterparts.
 Empowering young girls
Girlguiding chief executive, Angela Salt, said: “Girlguiding was founded over 100 years ago because girls wanted the same rights and opportunities as boys.
“Regrettably, the battle for equality is still very real as girls face an unprecedented number of pressures in all aspects of their lives, with sexism and stereotypes creating barriers to accessing the things that they need to be happy.
“Our organisation helps empower girls so they know they

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