It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I identify strongly as a feminist.
I was raised by my fiercely feminist mother who taught me I could do and be anything I wanted and she was backed by my father who, although he loved to poke fun at her, never let me settle for second best.
When I entered the workforce at 22 years old, I was steadfast in my belief I could do and be whatever I wanted - and that still stands. However as time passes, I have become acutely aware I’ve had a serious head start.
"“When reflecting on the theme for International Women’s Day this year – balance for better – it became very clear to me that the balance doesn’t exist yet.”
Growing up as a straight, well-educated female in a very middle-class suburb – I’ve never actually had to face much adversity.
But my position as an editorial producer has meant I’ve met with and read stories about women who face real hardships in Australia and across the globe – financial inequality, career inequality, racial inequality, rigid expectations about child-rearing, the list goes on.
When reflecting on the theme for International Women’s Day this year – Balance for Better – it became very clear to me balance doesn’t exist yet.
To help shed light on some of the challenges faced by women, we’ve shared stories of women’s experiences in life as we all try to balance for better.
You can read more in the articles below.
There’s no reason why we shouldn’t strive for diversity in all aspects of life – we are, after all, an incredibly diverse species. But if anyone should think we can’t afford diversity, they’re wrong. We can’t afford not to.
Richard Yetsenga | Chief Economist, ANZ
Coming back to work can be daunting but coming back into an ever-changing tech industry is another thing all together.
Carina Parisella | Innovation Editor, bluenotes
Caitlin Monnery had a relatively easy time coming out. Not everyone has the same experience.
Lachlan Spark | Multimedia Editor, ANZ
With the cyber security industry facing a talent shortage, a new school program hopes to inspire future experts.
Lynwen Connick | CISO, ANZ
Can entrepreneurial attitudes exist in a corporate environment? They already do.
Sarah Dunn | Head of Group Services - Australia, ANZ
Founders, bosses and entrepreneurs
Despite being under-represented, women having been making a mark in STEM for decades.
Maryann Jamieson | Domain Lead, Business Automation & Integration Technology, ANZ
Indigenous women safeguarding landscapes
Indigenous women helping to care for their country can boost social and economic returns.
Cissy Gore-Birch | National Aboriginal Engagement Manager, Bush Heritage Australia
Japanese women celebrating diversity
Stereotypes of Japanese women are outdated and unhelpful; one project is helping celebrate their diverse achievements – from flying fighter jets to running a speak-easy..
Melanie Brock | Consultant
Myth busting gender preconceptions
Women in Hong Kong aren’t just leaving work to look after the family. Other forces are at play, new research has shown.
Ivy Au Yeung | CEO - Hong Kong, ANZ
Jemma Wight is production editor at bluenotes and editor of the International Women's Day coverage.
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