Carla Marie Williams Girls I Rate

Hit songwriter Carla Marie Williams launches 'Girls I Rate' movement, aimed at championing Women in the creative industries

Carla Marie Williams, best known for writing songs for stars such as Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Alesha Dixon, The Saturdays and Naughty Boy for the track Runnin', featuring Beyoncé, has launched a new movement called Girls I Rate, aimed at championing women in the creative industries.

With an intimate gala dinner set to take place on March 8 (International Women’s Day) to launch the movement, Williams, alongside an array of female industry leaders whom she respects or 'rates', will nominate their own shortlists of women in the industry to become new GIR members. Current GIR members include singer/songwriter, TV presenter, actress and model Jamelia, artists Ms Dynamite, Stooshe and VV Brown, Kanya King MBE (MOBO CEO), actress/artist Preeya Kalidas (Bend It Like Beckham, EastEnders, Asian Network), award-winning entrepreneur Jessica Huie MBE (JH PR) and presenter Max (Capital FM).

Gala attendees will also make a minimum contribution to the non-profit social enterprise. GIR is supported by the MOBO Organisation and will offer panel discussions, workshops, mentoring and work placements.

Speaking on Girls I Rate, Williams says: “I’m proud and delighted to launch this rapidly rising female movement, everything so far has been word of mouth from women that genuinely support me and GIR. To bring together all the women I 'rate' within my industry in one room will be such a gratifying experience. Girls I Rate is not only about celebration of success, it is also about creating future platforms to empower, mentor and support the next generation of diverse GIR girls and young women coming through across the industry.

"There is a gender imbalance within the creative industries, and Girls I Rate aims to help smash that glass ceiling. The gala dinner evening will bring together a rich mix of diverse women across the creative industries to recognise their talents and achievements, I truly cannot wait.”

In addition to the gala dinner, Williams plans to organise other events throughout the year to foster more diversity in the creative industries. To find out more information, please visit