By Emily Rance
As some of you may know last Friday the 8 March was International Women’s Day. Here at St Mark's we are lucky enough to be a part of a community that is filled with successful females. Our School is full of inspiring female teachers, parents, supporters, Old Scholars and students who continually encourage, influence and lead our School striving to make it the best it can be.
However, that is not the case for the majority of the world, as women are the poorest, most malnourished and vulnerable demographic in the world. In an environment where men and women work alongside each other as equals it can be hard to picture the reality for so many women in our world. We are entering an exciting period of history where the majority of the world expects balance. We may notice the absence of equality but we also celebrate its presence.
So let’s celebrate all the men and women surrounding us today who educate equality through action and word. You are amazing role models we are all sub consciously learning from and are implementing actions which allow us to ensure one day we can live in a world that operates in balance.
In a perfect world, we shouldn’t need a day dedicated to women but this day is about more than that it’s about men as well and the gap between us. The gap in pay, the gap in opportunity and the gap in health are just a few and if we continue the way we are, the World Economic Forum predicts it take 100 years to close the gender gap.
So, let’s start today both men and women, let’s see this gap closed within our lifetime. Stand-up, be an example and make a change because balance drives a better world for not just me and you but for people everywhere.
On Friday, you may have noticed the Year 12 girls rocking pig tails to highlight this year’s key theme of balance. Thanks to all the girls who embraced the funky hair to promote a conversation about International Women’s Day amongst both males and females and how it affects us all. It allowed us to picture the world we as young men and women one day wish to see a world that is liberated from gender inequality.