Mary-Jo Hill

08 Mar 2021
Yes, we know at times that it may be a man's world but it would be nothing without a woman, and nothing without both.

International Women’s Day. Let’s consider where we are under-represented. Just for a moment. Let’s consider some of the ways in which we are surging ahead and some areas that still have places to head. Surfing is one of those, most definitely.

The strides of gender equality are worth celebrating today of all days. Some industries are flying ahead. Some need a little more help. How can we address this? Yes, we know at times that it may be a man’s world but it would be nothing without women and nothing without both.

So important to look at the facts

The most important thing to do is to read the facts and work out where your industry is right now. Please download and read this report.

‘Women make up the majority of head teachers in nurseries and primary schools (72.8%), but just over a third of head teachers in secondary schools (37.8%) presenting an imbalance of role models for young people at different stages of education.’

What can you do better? What can you celebrate on this International Women’s Day?

Last week, as a result of an Instagram post, I had the opportunity to interact with many amazing women that are making a big difference in education and other industries. It was great to get to know, even a little bit, learning a bit about their lives and their work. How inspirational. It was humbling seeing all that talent.

Furthermore, I have three women in my life who I respect for really being in the throes of their industry where they are still under-represented. Largely engineering. Also farming. That is changing big time and I celebrate that. So what of the largely female-dominated industries? How is that being addressed? Frontline health and education come to mind. And what is now lost in retail and hospitality?

Take a moment to check this out.