BOLD GIRLS meets 20×20

We are delighted to launch our latest BOLD GIRLS initiative – BOLD GIRLS meets 20×20.

BOLD GIRLS addresses the gender imbalance in children’s literature. The BOLD GIRLS schools programme, in partnership with KPMG, introduces books featuring strong girls and women with agency, opinions and power to pupils in participating schools. We have brought this message of equality to hundreds of schoolchildren since 2018.

20×20 is about creating a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport. There is so much to celebrate when it comes to women’s sport in Ireland, but there isn’t enough noise. 20×20 aims to increase media coverage of women in sport, female participation in sport and attendance at women’s games and events, all by 20%.

KPMG and Children’s Books Ireland have identified a number of books for children that highlight women in sport. This selection of books including Jacqui Hurley’s Girls Play Too, She Can by The 42 and illustrated by Chris Judge and Cora Staunton (Great Irish Sports Stars) by Eimear Ryan to name a few, tell the real-life stories of women who have proved that gender is not a barrier to success and inspire the next generation of Irish sportswomen. The full list of books can be found below.

We are rolling out a new BOLD GIRLS programme to classrooms in a number of KPMG partner schools. Each participating class will receive a bundle of 25 selected books along with a specially commissioned exclusive video from Jacqui Hurley. Jacqui will inspire the next generation as she delves into her own career, sporting passions and the stories behind Girls Play Too.

To celebrate women in sport and literature, KPMG is launching weekly competitions for schoolchildren across the country. Every week, you will have the chance to win a €100 Life Style Sports voucher. For competition details, see here.


Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took on the World and Won by Sarah Webb, illustrated by Graham Corcoran

Sports Are Fantastic Fun by Ole Könnecke

Evonne Goolagong – Little People, BIG DREAMS 36 by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Lisa Koesterke

Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Epic tales of Triumph and Adventure by Simon Cheshire, illustrated by Fatti Burke

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders by Kate Pankhurst

Billie Jean King – Little People, BIG DREAMS 39 by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Miranda Sofroniou

40 Inspiring Icons: Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michel Billioud, illustrated by Gonoh

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elana Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Girls Play Too by Jacqui Hurley, illustrated by Sinéad Colleran, Rachel Corcoran, Jennifer Farley, Jennifer Murphy and Lauren O’Neill

Wilma Rudolph – Little People, BIG DREAMS 27 by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Amelia Flower

Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World by Sarah Webb, illustrated by Lauren O’Neill

Great Irish Sports Stars: Cora Staunton by Eimear Ryan

Young Heroes by Lula Bridgeport, Various Illustrators

She Can by The 42 and illustrated by Chris Judge

Women In Sport by Rachel Ignotofsky

Sportopedia by Adam Skinner, illustrated by Mark Long

Great Irish Sports Stars: Sonia O’Sullivan by Natasha Mac a’Bháird