International Women’s Day 2016: interesting stories that help communicate why we mark March 8

Happy 2016 International Women’s Day. I’m sharing some interesting stories that help communicate why we celebrate each March 8th:

Six great Australian women revealed (opens in new tab): Australian history is full of invisible women: young, old, creative, courageous, flawed, strange and real. Women who took risks, did what they wanted and ignored all the warnings. Women whose contributions to the life of our nation have been significant. ABC has  only chosen six, but there have been so many more.

Women Invent: 100 women in tech whose names you need to know (opens in new tab): Role models deserve recognition, and every time you cite a woman in tech, you’re furthering the message that this industry isn’t just for the boys.

Gender diversity in top Australian finance roles lagging world  (opens in new tab): First, the good news. The number of women chief financial officers in Australia’s top companies has increased. Now for the reality check.

The Confidence Gap- 2014 article from The Atlantic magazine (opens in new tab): In studies, men overestimate their abilities and performance, and women underestimate both. Their performances do not differ in quality. Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here’s why, and what to do about it.

Why women volunteer to be surf life savers – To celebrate International Women’s Day and the amazing work our women do in Surf Life Saving SLS Australia did a call out and asked their  female volunteer surf lifesavers what it meant to them to be a woman in surf lifesaving. They were overwhelmed by the positive responses and shared just a few on their blog. I was honoured to be among the responders!

and finally, some food for thought:

Feminism has failed and needs a radical rethink by Professor Eva Cox – (opens in new tab): “So 41 years after International Women’s Year, Australian women are still the very much the second sex, insofar as we are permitted limited share of power and resources in the public sphere, but on macho market terms” .

Enjoy, celebrate, reflect and act!

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