Kim Trotter | Future Female Society | Ipswich, UK
Positive Role Model (Gender)
Becoming a single mother at 19 was the factor that shaped Kim’s adult life the most. Experiencing first-hand the struggles of being a young mum raising a son of mixed –heritage gave Kim experience of gender and racial inequalities.
Going back to work full-time with a young son was hard and after juggling work and motherhood for many years she choose to go back to full time education and pursue a degree.
After graduating Kim volunteered as station manager with a local community radio station which focused on giving a voice to marginalised groups. Her first show, ‘Everything for the Girl” was a female fronted radio show that championed young women’s voices. She subsequently got a job with CSV Media to run a youth volunteering project linked to the radio station.
Next Kim took on a full time role as a lecturer in media, studying for her PGCE alongside teaching and raising her son. Kim loved working with young people and was particularly vocal and outspoken on issues of representation and gender equality in the media.
As Kim progressed she found she was in a position to address some of the barriers she had faced as a young single mum and designed and piloted a programme to support young mums back into work, education or training.
From that experience Kim was compelled to create an organisation that could support women and girls to achieve their full potential and this was how she created the Future Female Society.
FFS was set up to address the issues of inequality that women and girls in her local community face through programmes and workshops, since they began FFS have reached hundreds of women. This has included ‘More Than Mum’ which won Learning Project of the Year at the Suffolk Adult Learner Awards 2018, 'Girls Where You AT?' working with young women aged 13-20 on radio and media projects and 'Woman 2 Woman Radio' a project for migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women. All of the projects and workshops Kim and FFS run focus on raising aspiration, combating underachievement and increasing well -being. Building confidence and self -belief through new skills, providing inspiration and supporting women to be autonomous and independent.
Kim has also hosted and participated in an annual international women's day event for the East of England Co-op as well as hosting and being part of BBC radio shows, panel discussions and feminist events across the county.
Kim has also recently graduated from the CLORE Senior Leaders in the Women and Girls Sector leadership and Development Programme
Last year Kim worked with an array of women’s organisations who came together to create a festival celebrating the centenary of women getting the vote. Kim was instrumental in recording and presenting the stories of women from the local refuge at the festival, ensuring their often marginalised voices could be heard.
Kim is currently busy setting up a mentoring programme for young, disadvantaged women and has plans for future networking events and podcasts!
With Kim’s expert guidance Future Female Society is working hard to make Ipswich the best place in the county to be a woman or girl.