This year's Campaign for International Women's Day is #Embrace for Equity.
Equity recognises that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. This year we are reflecting on the people that inspire us personally, within the workplace and beyond, and inspirational women of the past and present.
Inspiring women for us all
She is the face of the Australian $50 dollar note. She was the first woman elected as a member of Parliament and worked to advocate for women's rights. She worked passionately for the betterment of education, women's rights and health and justice issues. She was one of the founding members of the Karrakatta Club which openly encouraged women not only to get a degree and a job but to aim for roles that are equal to their male counterparts. The Karrakatta club became actively involved in the rise of the suffragette movement.
Marita was the youngest ever Australian of the year in 2012 and an advocate of women working in engineering and technology. She became aware of the dwindling number of women in her engineering class at university and along with her peers she started teaching young girls robotics to encourage their interest in the field of engineering. This led to the student-led organisation "Robogals" which now teaches over 70,000 girls from 11 different countries.
Dr. Amani Ballour
Dr. Amani Ballour's achievements are recorded in an Oscar-nominated documentary "The Cave". The film features Ballour in her efforts to save lives in Syria, running an underground hospital in Eastern Ghouta.
“Men in our community, they say, ‘No, you should be at home, or you can work in your clinic, but not to be a manager of the hospital, I insist and I want to challenge them and prove that a woman can [do this work]…I have to support women because if I succeed, all women will be supported. That will make men think that of course women can succeed and they can do that.” - Dr.Amani Ballour
Alyssa is an Australian adventurer who has achieved so much at a young age. She is the youngest Australian to ever climb to the summit of Mount Everest in 2016 at the age of 19 years old. She is also the youngest person to cross the Kokoda Track in 2005 at just 8 years old.
Meg is the youngest ever appointed captain of the Australian cricket team at just 21 years old. Her trademark level-headed approach to the game has led the team to multiple championships, while also taking out the record for most Women's One Day International centuries too.
Simone became the first female US gymnast to achieve so many gold medals, as well as the first gymnast to win three consecutive all-around titles. Biles also holds 25 World Championship medals, making her the most ‘decorated’ gymnast in world championship history. She is also an advocate for women and has spoken openly about her ADHD diagnosis, mental health and also sexual harassment and abuse.
Our inspiration at work
Our team have voted for a female colleague by who they are inspired. We are very thankful for their commitment to their role and their commitment to the culture of the business. Below are some reasons why they are inspiring in our own team's words.
"She's kind, generous, compassionate, unassuming, driven, intelligent - she's a fantastic role model."
Our Accountability At Home
"I am inspired by my Mother, and my closest friends who always have compassion for others. They are strong and determined, yet human. They are just as gracious in the downs as they are on the way up, and that is inspiring to me." - Cat Harris