International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Friday 8 March

International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us all to recognise how far we’ve come, and to raise awareness of how far we still need to go. As a St Hilda’s community, we have gathered this week to celebrate those before, celebrate those today and celebrate those who will follow. It was important as a community of girls and young women that we took a moment to reflect on all women and men globally who have gathered this week at thousand events around the world, to stand together, join voices and celebrate women in all their diversities.

So why does this all matter? It matters because we are not there yet.

Yes we have come a long way. Once women couldn’t vote, now we are leading countries. Once we were restricted on where we worked, now we are running corporations. We have rights in Australia that our grandmothers only dreamed of.

We are making progress, but women in other countries are not as fortunate as us. It is important to recognise that there are still millions of women all around the world who are unable to come together in solidarity for fear of their safety and repercussions. They need to know that they are not alone and occasions such as International Women’s Day enables us all to be re-inspired and re-energised to ensure that women’s achievements, progress and rights continue to be acknowledged and celebrated.

We need to use our voices for good and this is why it is so important that we, as a community of girls and young women, take time to celebrate International Women’s Day and help forge a more gender-balanced world.

Our Principal’s Assembly next week will focus on International Women’s Day and we are delighted to have engaged with several inspirational speakers throughout the week. Ms Webster, our Dean of Student Well-Being has distributed ‘Balance for Better’ cards to each girl and staff so that they can send a message to a woman or girl in their lives who inspires them.

I encourage you all to take time today to thank the amazing women in your lives who have encouraged, inspired and motivated you to be the strong, confident and intelligent woman you are today.

Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them!