International Women's Day

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The Town is celebrating local women in our community for International Women's Day, Sunday 8 March. 

There are many remarkable women in the Town with wonderful stories to share about their experiences in the community. 

We asked a handful of them what being a woman means to them and advice they would give others looking to get involved and make a positive difference.

Read their stories below. 

The 2020 IWD campaign theme is #EachforEqual and aims to help forge a gender equal world.

Find out more about International Women's Day


 Margie, Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club President 

 

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Words from Margie

"I love the freedom to be whoever and whatever I want to be. I am acutely aware of the impact a good role model can have on young women and I never take for granted how fortunate I am.

I love the fact that I have never played cricket or coached cricket but I have ended up as president of one of the biggest junior cricket clubs in Australia - I want young girls to see that.

My advice is that if you have an idea, go for it. There is no person more suited than you and no better time than right now.

Trust yourself. And always act with integrity. "

 

 

 

 

 

Anita, Give Write Founder and Chief Executive

 

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Words from Anita

"We're so lucky to have choices; more choices than our grandmothers or great grandmothers had. We can be scholars or artists, housewives or politicians, or combinations of so many different roles. If choices are out of our control, we adapt, and we are resilient and just get on with it. We have the ability to nurture and encourage, and if we are very lucky, find ourselves surrounded by other women who will raise us up when we need it the most. A good laugh with friends won't cure everything, but it certainly makes it a lot more bearable.

"Maya Angelou said "Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all." I think that if you have a passion for something, follow it and trust in it. You have experience and knowledge in that passion, so just jump in and try. When you have articulated and fine-tuned your purpose, make every decision and action about achieving that purpose, and every decision you make will then be the right one. Have fun, make mistakes and laugh as much as possible."

 

 

Pauline, a wonderful Cambridge Senior who makes dolls to donate to African children

 

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Words from Pauline

"I like being a woman because my life has been one of multitasking. I can cook, sew, teach, tend the sick and give unconditional love to my family and I know that this is what is expected of me. I was lucky to have an education so I have the choice to work if I want to or to stay home and manage the family on whatever budget is provided. 

In my later years, because I have many skills and time to choose what I do I find that charity work, (I make dolls to go to Africa) gives me a purpose in life and an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  Being in a social group helps me to make many friends and makes me feel like a whole and    worthwhile person.

My life has not been without its moments of sadness and frustration.   When I have felt despondent or lonely I look for some way of doing something for someone else.  

A simple act of kindness to someone is rewarded with appreciation and interest in who I am and what I can do.  My self-esteem lifts and before long I am much happier and have many more friends and people to talk to. 

For those women who want to make a different, recognise whatever skills you have, and start by doing something for someone with no conditions attached.  It won't take long for you to be as busy as you want to be and a much happier person."

 

 

 

The Sneaker Pimps, a group of 12 women raising funds for research into women's cancers

 

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Words from The Sneaker Pimps

Our team, the Sneaker Pimps, has committed to joining the Hawaiian Walk for Women's Cancer to help raise funds for this important cause.

We are walking in the (many!) footsteps of our team member Sandra Back, who is doing the walk for the 3rd year in a row!

Our team is made up of 12 women. Some who have been personally affected by cancer, and others who are there to support.

We are lucky ... the village that surrounds us is a strong one. We know that we can make it even stronger with the support we show each other. 

Spending time together, walking and talking, sharing our stories, listening.

Supporting each other in these ways - as women, as friends, as mothers - is invaluable. It's the glue that holds our village together. 

By raising funds for continuing research into women's cancers, we are adding to that strength. More research leads to better outcomes for us all. For us as women, for our girls, for the whole village and beyond.

We are walking for each other.

We are walking for those we have lost.

We are walking for the women who are fighting their battle.

We are walking for those who have won.

"Being a woman in today’s society is so much about the sense of community we are able to create and our ability to bring people together for a common cause.

We love the support and care we offer each other, both in our day to day lives and the little things like meals cooked and children picked up, but also during major changes and big events where other women play such a vital role in how we cope.

I love how female friendships have the ability to create a net that can catch you when you’re falling and boost you back up again! 

There are so many different ways to make a positive difference in your community.

If you focus on your own unique skills and abilities and how you can use those to contribute you can’t go wrong!

The world needs women who are brave and confident and able to use  their own ideas and skills to solve problems and work together to improve our lives." 

 

 

Gloria, a wonderful 94 year old Cambridge Senior who plays the organ at St Edmunds Church

 

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Words from Gloria

"There are now so many and so varied opportunities available to women.

Whatever your interests, there will be ways in which you can help the community."

Georgia and Paige, City of Perth Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers and medal winners

 

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Words from Paige and Georgia

Paige 

"I guess being a woman doesn't exactly define who I am, but it is a major part of my identity that I am proud of.

I have always loved being the girl who was ready to take on anything, especially in the sporting field. I feel such power and when I'm surrounded by my sisterhood. It's a tricky question to answer, but simply put, there are just too many things I love about being a woman! 

Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Sometimes all it takes is once step before you find yourself doing something you'll do for the rest of your life.

If you're already in a position to bring others into the community make sure you extend a hand!"

Georgia

"Personally, being a woman to me is just something I am. However, I do have to say that the range of bathers available it fantastic!!

Bathers aside, I feel that being female does open doors to some fantastic opportunities and communities, for example there are a variety of Facebook groups among women involved in surf club, and we can chat about what is going on, ask questions and meet new people.

"I would say just go do it. Find one of your strengths and roll with it.

You might have some friends who are happy to join, but don’t stress if not!

I have met some of my best friends through volunteering, as well have learnt all sorts of things."

 

 

Kathy, started the Wembley Junior Football Club's first Girls AFL team and NAIDOC celebration

 

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Words from Kathy

"What I love about being a woman is being a great role model to my children and in my community.  I am a mother, sister, aunt, coach, peer, daughter and a wife.  Having the support from my husband to be able to be there for my family and community means a lot.

I am a proud Noongar, Jaru and Yamtji Aboriginal woman. Noongar is from my mother's side Kickett Ryder Family.  Jaru is also from my mother's side with my grandfather being one of those stolen from Ruby Plains Station just outside of Halls Creek to Beagle Bay Mission. Yamatji from my fathers side four generations was stolen to the Moore River Settlement.

I have 14 years of business experience working with 4 different companies, juggling family and work life. It has instilled in me the importance of economic development in attaining a good standard of living and health for the community. 

Education is very important to me.  I have four generations in my family of stolen gen that were denied education.  Thankfully, my daughters have been fortunate enough to get a good education at St Mary's Anglican Girls School.  We have 30 years history there as my younger sister attended. I have two of my adult daughters now studying at university and I myself have taken up studying on block release.  I can't emphasise enough how much I value education.

I also love being apart of the community and involved with the local sporting groups.  My girls are all involved in some sort of sport for their own mental health and well being, forming new friendships and being apart of the community.  My family is involved with Wembley District Junior Cricket Club (WDJCC), Wembley Junior Football Club (WJFC) and Claremont Women's Football Club U18’s and Perth Netball Association and local club Storm.  These sporting bodies have been an integral part of of my family's life.  We have gained much support from them, especially when life threw us curve balls in our relocation from Broome back to Noongar country and when my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  Those sporting bodies and schools played an very important role in supporting my family while we went through some very difficult times.  Without them I'm not sure what we would do.  

Whilst the above was happening, I got involved with coaching the Wembley District year 5/6 Girls Cricket Team, learning new skills like umpiring and scoring.  I loved meeting new families, there.  I also took on the role of Girls Co-ordinator at Wembley Junior Football Club and loved every minute of it, forming new pathways for our girls, supporting coaches and managers and networking with other football clubs in the Claremont District like Scarborough, Marist, Claremont and North Beach Junior Football Clubs.  I hope one day to be a players manager. I am presently working on ways to link country to Metro at WJFC and as far as Kununarra and Halls Creek in the Kimberley.

Going back to study has been one of the best decisions I have made with the support from my husband and family and my close friends who share the same passions for education, training and employment.  I also hope to one day start our own Foundation to help Aboriginal Children in the Metro area so that they can be given the same education opportunities as my children on their own country. I also want to use sport to keep them engaged and build resilience. I would like to go on that journey with them on both sporting pathways as well as educational endeavours.  I also want Aboriginal Women to know they are not alone, we care and that it’s never to late to take up some sort of study and follow your dreams.

I wish to thank the Town of Cambridge for their financial and other support of  Wembley Junior Football Club in facilitating NAIDOC celebrations and their efforts to acknowledge and encourage the contribution of the Australia's First Australians to our community.  It has allowed me a platform to further expose the community to our clubs existence which helps promote a healthy lifestyle, especially to our girls and women. 

I look forward to the future and hope I can inspire others to do the same. I just hope I can make a positive difference in other people's lives."

 

 

Roselyn, a lovely retired teacher who volunteers at a local primary school 

 

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Words from Roselyn

"Im more than happy I'm a woman as I've lived through exciting and adventurous times for us; the choice of becoming a career person and that of raising a family.

More importantly, the ability to combine both with more support from the community. So many laws changed between 1965 and 1975 to allow women to take charge of their own lives; it allowed a ray of hope for women who wanted change

Women are the backbone of volunteering. After the responsibility of rearing children has lessened, after retirement occurs, now is the time to give your time and energy to activities close to your heart.

Most organisations welcome new ideas, another pair of hands and some friendly support. Don't just dwindle away, spend your talents wisely!"