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Happy International Women’s Day and why well behaved women rarely make history!

Last Friday at the UN Breakfast celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day I sat next to Rachel who keeps this pin inside her handbag and it stuck in my mind as I listened to the guest speaker Justice Unity Dow, and again last night as I watched a special screening of Made in Dagenham:

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Whether it was the women on the machines at Ford, Unity Dow seeking to legitimise the birthright of her children or Edna Ryan fighting for equal pay for women here in Australia, these women weren’t afraid to speak their mind.  This played a big role in the success of their campaigns for change.

Whether it’s about mandatory quotas for women on boards; tax deductibility of child care; the pay gap of 18%; that fewer than 25% of our MPs are women in parliament; or the dearth of women in executive and leadership roles… we still have a long way to go for women to realise true equality in Australia.

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This year, on the 100 year centenary of International Women’s Day, I encourage you to ignore the advice you were given as a child, to be a “good girl”, to mind your manners and “if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all”.  

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This year I encourage you to speak your mind, to talk about the “right thing” to do for all women, to decree fairness and equality in pay.  And above all, to celebrate your achievements and the contribution you make to all women.

For my part, you’ll see me live today on Channel 10 news launching the Make Care Fair campaign – I hope you’ll see me, spread the word and sign the petition in support of all working families.

And above all I hope you’ll have a Happy International Women’s Day!

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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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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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