Today is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate women all around the world, on every level, for every reason.
This year International Women’s Day is focusing on pressing forward and progressing gender parity. There’s a strong call to action via #PressForProgress which is motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender-inclusive.
At the end of the day all we want is for men and women to be equal; equal in job roles, pay, society and sport.
Project Assistant Izzy has asked some of the Circus Media team what it means to them to be a woman in this ever-changing world.
DESCRIBE WHAT BEING A WOMAN MEANS TO YOU IN ONE WORD:
WHO ARE YOUR FEMALE ROLE MODELS?
CARLY: Michelle Obama – intelligent, dignified, humble, she is the epitome of class. Her “when they go low, we go high” speech is one of the most powerful things I have ever listened to. I also admire my Mum Deb who is the most selfless, generous and caring woman I know and the best mother anyone could hope for.
IZZY: Beyonce Knowles – strong-minded, empowering, confident and intelligent. Queen B says it all really!
DEB: Princess Diana – the way she carried herself, she used her position to do a lot of good in the world, a wonderful mother and humanitarian who was universally loved. When I think of important role models, I think of Lady Di.
BREE: My mum Denise – she raised four children and is a strong, caring, loving person who I admire.
EMILY: My Mum, she is the kindest and most selfless person I know. She gave my siblings and I the world during the tough times for herself. My Mum has taught me the little things you do each and everyday can make the world a better place.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE, MOST INSPIRING QUOTE ABOUT WOMEN?
CARLY: “Never apologise for being a powerful f—king woman.”
EMILY: Little girl: “My Dad said I can’t be an engineer because it’s a men’s profession, what do I do to change that?
Emma Watson: “Become an engineer.”
BREE: “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.”
IZZY: “I have always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.”
TAYLAR: “Some women fear the fire, others simply become it.”
DEB: “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.”
NICOLA: “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”
HOW CAN WOMEN EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN?
CARLY: By supporting, encouraging, listening, challenging and celebrating each other. By continuing to challenge traditional gender roles and smashing through that glass ceiling. By proving you really can have it all, if you’re willing to put in the work. Also by teaching our sons to treat their female counterparts with respect.
EMILY: When women empower other women the opportunities are endless. From a simple hug and whisper of ‘you’ve got this’, to going out there and leading by example by taking over the world.
BREE: For all women to feel empowered, we need to continually support each other and lift each other up, celebrating all of our achievements.
TAYLAR: By being openly proud of being a woman. If we look good and feel good, why not show it? Women need to support each other and not put each other down. We need to have each other’s back and be mindful of how we treat others because we are all in this together and are all pretty bloody amazing.
DEB: It is so important that women empower and support each other, by sharing and caring, and having each other’s back.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR IN TERMS OF GENDER EQUALITY?
CARLY: It is my hope that my daughter will have the same opportunities as my son; to be, do, have whatever she wants as long as she is willing to work for it.
EMILY: Whilst there has been significant progress on the road to gender equality in recent years, being a woman who loves sport, I’d love to see all female sporting codes continue to grow and allow elite female athletes to receive equal pay and have more media attention so help grow females in sport. Did you know that the Australia Open is one of the only sporting events that offers equal prize money?
BREE: What I wish for in the near future is for women to be paid the same as men across all industries.
DEB: The way gender equality is progressing is really encouraging and I would love to see women and men being paid equally for the same job role, which was unheard of when I was younger.
IZZY: For me as a 20 year old girl, I want all women to know they can do whatever they want, be whoever we want and have whatever we want as long as they are willing to put in the work to get it.
Happy International Women’s Day from the team at Circus Media!