As Queen Bey so wisely once said; “Who run the world?….GIRLS!”
This week in both professional and personal spheres of my life, International Women’s Day has been widely celebrated. Growing up, I never experienced an acute oppression of women, nor did I experience any stigma with education, my career goals or even acknowledge that there was such thing as a gender pay gap. I was an only child for most of my childhood, and my parents both encouraged me to do my best, in all areas of my life, particularly with school. They never forced me to dance (I hated it) and didn’t care that I stopped modelling/acting classes in favour of netball. Neither of which I am particularly gifted at, now! But the point is, they never forced me to be something I’m not. They have, and I’m sure will, continue to, give me the strength and support to do my best in all aspects of my life. Whether that is being an open ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or a pair of hands who goes food shopping and cooks us dinner (that I then take to my own home) my parents really are “one of a kind”
I suppose it was really a surprise for me to learn, in my Society and Environment classes at my catholic, all-girls high school* that in some societies and situations, women are not given the same opportunities as men. I am of European descent, and in our families the women are mostly the matriarch’s and the decision makers. They scream like banshees one minute, and then envelope you in the tightest of hugs the next. They asked no one for permission, but rather advice and support. I like that!
In the lounge at work, I was lucky enough to attend a private event (for all staff in the Qantas group) to acknowledge and celebrate International Women’s Day 2018. We listened to a variety of inspirational speakers from different fields of business such as Hospitality, Oil and Gas and Human Resources. The main points that have stuck with me are;
Have/be a mentor- support each other!
Never forget that anyone can do anything they choose
The best part, for me, was when one of the speakers urged that we were never to forget that anyone can do anything they please. She shared that she is in fact a Green Grocer’s daughter, and she has let it inspire, not define her. As a fellow Green Grocer’s daughter, I felt this quite fitting and vowed to continue to put my mind to anything and everything I choose! Not even the sky is the limit!
Our keepsake for the evening was a framed quote by an inspirational woman in history. My colleagues selected the two below, which I was very pleased with!
Alone we are a drop, together we are an ocean!
*(see? No stigma!)