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Gender diversity breakthrough in tertiary educations: Congratulations to Lisa Sutherland, new Master of Wesley College.

Every time a woman breaks into a new role, and makes the historic move to step into a position previously held exclusively by men, women all over the country cheer. When Julia Gillard became Prime Minister, despite the stunning way it occurred or her politics, women all over Australia were cheering, tweeting, status updating, hi-fiving and telling journalists how excited they were.

For any of the women who went to Sydney University, or lived in a college on campus at Uni, the news that Lisa Sutherland, 42 has accepted the role of Master of Wesley College is great news. This article reports the step forward, a step definitely in the right direction for the co-educational college. For those of you not familiar with the story, this is the college that hissed at a young Germaine Greer for having dinner with a male colleague in their men-only dining room.

My favourite quote from the article:
‘I did not want to become the first female master because they were looking for a female. My view is that the best person should get the job.”

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Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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And so, maybe time does change some things. Or women do.

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– They let me go at 42 because they told me I was too old to represent women's dreams. #kvinnedagen

Watch our talk show interview with Isabella Rossellini here:
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This is what the future looks like, right here. Calling out the BS for what it is. Good luck to the young people of the United States of America in being forth this change.

Yes She Can
Our future is looking bright
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