This year’s IWD theme is choose to challenge. How will you choose to challenge?
Gender and role stereotyping are social constructs and it makes no sense to enforce them or expect alignment to them. I ‘choose to challenge’ these every day because I hear, see and experience them so often. For example, It stuns certain people when I mention I love aviation, golf and AFL (horn tooting time – I can banana kick a footy straight through the uprights from next to the behind post). I get plonked into the ‘one of the boys’ category because I can put an IKEA flat pack together like a pro and within the prescribed time. Because screwdrivers are apparently for boy hands, not girl hands. I will call this out every time and I will also call out people who refuse to let their sons wear pink, play with a doll or tell them they ‘throw/run/kick like a girl”.
Who is your biggest female role model and why?
Dr Brené Brown – a professor / qualitative researcher / at the University of Houston. Brené holds a PhD in Social Work and is a brilliant and genuine speaker, story teller and writer. She has spent her life studying and rumbling with vulnerability, shame, courage and empathy and she is one of the reasons I am studying Clinical Psychology. I was at a retreat in 2018 and we were shown clips of her discussing boundaries. Something just resonated with me and I immediately scurried down the YouTube rabbit hole and watched every TED talk, interview, TV clip I could find. I’m so glad I did – she profoundly changed my life from that point. Everyone should google her right now – you will quickly understand why she is my biggest role model