As we celebrate International Women's Day 2021, we have reflected on what it really means to some of our team members.
What does International Women's Day mean to you?
"I used to go to International Women's Day Breakfast with my Mum every year, so it's a nice memory to be honest. I was fortunate enough to never witness the difference of women in the workplace when growing up. Mum owns her own successful business and so growing up equality was the norm. It wasn't until I became an adult that I realised that this isn’t always the way."
"I have always been around really strong women, going to a girls school, at home and when I started working. In fact, everywhere I have worked, I have had great female role models. I have felt a bit sheltered because I haven’t faced discrimination on the basis of gender first-hand. But I'm very much aware that this exists around the world and how lucky I am."
"We always talked about it at each year at school where we had awesome teachers that showed me that females and blokes could do it all. I believe respect goes both ways. So for me, it's not a big deal. I think things are changing."
"Throughout my career, I have worked with mainly iconic masculine brands, however most team members have been females, which I have found a bit surprising. I'm proud to have worked with such great female role models. At school it was different though. Mum and Dad were both into business, but there were definitely female jobs and male jobs. So I've witnessed real change."
"Mum was a single Mum who was extremely independent, but was of the generation where there where men’s jobs and women’s jobs. I've been conscious to raise our kids with a different view."
"It wasn't that long ago that it was law for females to stop working when they got married. When my Aunty married my Uncle (who was in the RAAF), she had to walk away from her successful business. I'm very much aware that this is part of what I grew up with. I'm very fortunate to have many wonderful female role models in my life that have shown me what it takes to live a life of their choosing. Some have chosen a home role, some have chosen a career role, some have blended the two beautifully."
As a group this International Women's Day, we give thanks to those men and women who have come before us and paved a path of change. We also give thought to those not as privileged as us who aren't living a life of respect and choice.