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Calling all Redbridge mums and dads: TFL competition could see your child’s drawing or story published in a limited edition book

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 May 2018

Site visit from Tfl staff, construction site in Blackfriars, Picture: Tom Lee

Site visit from Tfl staff, construction site in Blackfriars, Picture: Tom Lee

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Your little ones could see their creative musing about London published in a limited edition book.

Wil you write a story or draw a picture? Image: Thomas RiggsWil you write a story or draw a picture? Image: Thomas Riggs

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a children’s competition about how women employees keep London moving.

From the engineers who fixes traffic lights and keep the trains running, to the designers who imagine what our streets and bridges will look like, participants can draw or write a story about the great TfL women in the city.

There are three different age categories and TfL hope the competition will inspire a whole new generation of women and girls.

The winners will see their stories turned into a limited edition book, printed by Clays – with the winning drawing featured on the front cover.

The new female PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on show at the Northern Line Extention site, Battersea, London. Picture: Luca MarinoThe new female PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) on show at the Northern Line Extention site, Battersea, London. Picture: Luca Marino

They will also get the opportunity to take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of TfL and visit the factory where the book is made.

The judging panel is made up of acclaimed authors includes Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child MBE, ‘How to Train your Dragon’ author Cressida Cowell, and ‘Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World’ writer, Kate Pankhurst.

They will choose the winning entries, which will need to be submitted before Sunday May 20.

Lauren Child MBE, said: “As well as encouraging children to draw and write, competitions like this are a great opportunity to break down stereotypes.

Clays in partnership with TfL is printing a limited edition book. Picture: TfLClays in partnership with TfL is printing a limited edition book. Picture: TfL

“It is important for all children to see themselves reflected in stories and books and to have heroes they can relate to. “Celebrating brave, accomplished women who get things done is a step away from an outdated notion of girls just being the side-kick.”

The competition is part of a wider drive in the transport industry to encourage more women to consider a career in transport and more young people into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Currently, around 23per cent of TfL’s workforce is female and only nine per cent of engineers are women.

By creating a more diverse workforce that is representative of the city that it serves, TfL hopes to encourage further creativity and innovation, which will lead to new ideas and ways of improving customers’ journeys.

Visit tfl.gov.uk/women-in-transport-competition

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