Invite children to close their eyes and raise a hand each time they agree with one of the following statements:
Women have the chance to be nurses
Women have the chance to be teachers
Women have the chance to be doctors
Women have the chance to be engine drivers
Women have the chance to be hairdressers
Women have the chance to be police officers
Women have the chance to be ministers of religion
Comment on the results, explaining that today we believe that women should be able to undertake the same work as men. Their hands should have gone up each time.
Tell them that ideas have changed. In the past it was difficult - even impossible - for women to do some of these jobs.
If you went to a service in a Christian church or chapel 101 years ago it would have been taken by a man.
But 100 years ago you could have gone to a chapel in Leicester and found a woman taking the service
This was Gertrude von Petzold, the first woman to train in England as a minister.
Today we can be grateful for the opportunities open to both boys and girls and we pray that we can ourselves find fulfilment in our work.
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