Reflecting on inspiring women this International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a day to for everyone – men, women and non-binary people – to celebrate all the remarkable aspects of womanhood. From the women who raised us, to the ones we work with and for, to the ones who lead our country and sit on international boards.
This year, we chose to reflect on the women who inspire us each and every day. We asked some of our staff to share those who they look up to in their life.
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
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For me, it is Gloria Steinem. She is an influential, badass, status quo-fighting journalist and has made a massive impact on how we view and create action towards different issues of feminism. Throughout the 60s and 70s, she was a part of, and led, many different movements. She has put her hand up time and time again to say when things aren’t ok and also acknowledges when she has made a mistake or wants to learn more about an aspect of feminism that doesn’t necessarily affect her. She’s my life goal and has done a lot to evolve feminism and spread awareness.
“A feminist is anyone who recognises the equality and full humanity of women and men.” – Gloria Steinem
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I’m inspired by my mum, and my mama (my grandmother, but ‘grandmother’ makes her feel old, so it’s always been, mama). My mama travelled from the Philippines in search of more stability for her two children, the youngest being my mother. Here, she forged a legacy and is now the matriarch of our family.
She passed her fearlessness onto my mother, a quality that I hope to inherit too.
Whilst it’s hard to choose just one, my mum would always be my number one. Also, Sonia & Tamara (3PM Co-Founders) are mums too and they run their own business, which I think is so empowering!
Plus, I have a massive girl crush on Lorraine Murphy who runs her own business called The Remarkables Group, is a mum, is so super organised and is just all-round awesome!
I would have to say my Grandma Rose, who raised eleven children – who are my amazing aunties and uncles. She was always busy in the garden or cooking everyone meals; I aspire to be as generous and loving as her, – after all, family is what matters most.
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My pick is Dr Jane Goodall, an English primatologist and anthropologist. Her lifetime of work and research into chimpanzee social and family life is incredibly inspiring, including her involvement in establishing the Jane Goodall Institute Australia.
I was fortunate enough to see in Melbourne to talk about and celebrate eighty years of her amazing global contributions. These touched on the fact that she was highly educated through university during a generational time where this was uncommon for female aspiring academics.
“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” – Dr Jane Goodall
I look up to my mum – I admire her kind and caring nature, she treats everybody she meets with respect and kindness and put everybody’s needs before her own.
I find most inspiring Daisy Pearce. She’s not only a pioneer in woman’s AFL but fights for the AFLW to become a professionally paid sport, and is Channel 7’s first ever female commentator.
She is passionate about what she does and as a result excels. She’s a brilliant role model for young women – that they can achieve whatever they want in life.