Ruth Purcell

Do It In A Dress 2020

I'm Doing It In A Dress because...

... 130 million girls around the world are out of school and 60% of the world’s illiterate adults are women. Educating girls not only changes the lives of those girls, but also their families, communities, and countries. Prioritising girls’ education ensures women are able to lead safer, more autonomous lives, increase their earning potential, and invest in their children and communities by encouraging the cycle of education to continue.

An educated woman invests nearly all of her income into her family and community. Therefore, increasing the proportion of educated women leads to economic growth through increased incomes. Educating girls also contributes to reduced rates of maternal and infant mortality as well as reduced incidence of malaria and HIV/AIDS. Further, educated women have a positive impact on agricultural production and communities’ resilience to natural disasters.

Despite the fact that educating women is one of the world’s best investments offering truly wide-reaching returns, biases against girls run deep in schooling systems.

As a science student at ANU, I am immensely grateful for the education I have been able to access. However, I also realise that although education should be a right, not a privilege, so many women are denied the opportunity to learn.

I'm putting on a school dress to raise awareness and raise funds for girls' education. Because when I put on a dress, I'll be helping girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda put on a school dress and take charge of their futures. 

Over the next two months, my team and I will be taking part in a variety of exciting (science-y) activities as well as everyday hobbies and chores while wearing a school dress. (Stay tuned for photo updates...) Help us change the world through girls' education!

My Achievements

Reached 100% of your fundraising target! A+ effort!

Joined Do It In A Dress 2020 ... and we're off!

Raised $40!? Enough for five reusable pad kits!

Hit $100! Enough for life skills training for six months!

Raised $300 – that's enough for school for one year!

Raised $500 ... you are absolutely smashing it!

Shared on facebook!

Thanked my donors :)

My Updates

Taking my old 'Blue Stripes' to the lab

Decided to switch things up this morning and wear my own old school uniform (instead of the official One Girl dress) to the lab!

Almost 750 mL of plasma donated today

Donate plasma but doitinadress

Cycling around Canberra in a School Dress

Cycling around Canberra in a School Dress

Just some evidence that the Strava map was actually my own creation...

Cycling around Canberra in a School Dress

I only recently realised that the main roads of Canberra can be connected to form the outline of a girl in a dress! Cycling this route while wearing a school dress for girls denied an education was an opportunity that could not be passed up.

Hiking up Mount Ainslie with Tarryn

That 130 million girls are denied an education is incredibly sobering, but donating to One Girl can change that statistic. By supporting this initiative, you will be directly contributing to scholarships that allow girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda to finish high school.

Hiking up Mount Ainslie with Tarryn

Putting on a school dress this morning (for the first time in nearly four years) to do something I've loved since I could walk felt a little odd, but it was a good chance to reflect on how grateful I am to have had the access to education that millions of girls are denied.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Darryl Kreutzner

So well done Ruth. Super proud of you.


Julia Purcell


Julia Purcell

Super proud of you Ruthie


Greg Harmsworth

You go Ruth! We are all proud of you!


Caroline Harmsworth

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Amazing work Ruth! So proud of you! X


Jasmine Dickinson

Go Ruth!!


Siena Hopkinson

You are a queen ❤️


Generous Donor

This donation was matched thanks to a generous donor!




Drs Hainsworth, Purcell And Jamieson Inc

Great to support those thinking of the less fortunate.


Ishbel Harmsworth

So proud of you Ruth.


Doug Wang



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