Purple was the feature colour in the Research Centre as we celebrated International Women's Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange. During the week, students were asked to reflect on issues they believe affect women today. Responses included the fight for equality, the gender pay gap, unequal treatment in STEM careers and domestic violence. Girls were also asked to think about the women they admire most. Mums, grandmas and sisters rated highly as did Michelle Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Amal Clooney and Emma Watson.
On Thursday at lunchtime, staff and students crowded into the Research Centre to debate the topic 'Men and women – equal at last'. Special thanks to the debaters: Joanne Liu, Sophie Nankivell, Julia Lim, Honey Christensen, Isabella Henricks, Mr Lambden, Ms Turnbull Brown and Mr Vancers.
On the eve of Women's Day, Anne Summers issued a call to arms in a manifesto nailed to the door of the Australian Education Union in Victoria. She claimed that being a feminist is not enough and action is needed to achieve equality through significant reform. One day, these reforms might be achieved and International Women's Day would then become obsolete.
Listen to the debate: “Men and women - equal at last” on the St Catherine's podcast channel here.
Ms Nicky Schey Head of Research Centre | History Teacher
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