To celebrate International Women’s Day WHS hosted a week full of wonderful activities including a lunch theatre panel with women working in male dominated industries, fundraising events for ‘One Girl’, an inspirational talk from Author Lili Wilkinson ‘Balance for Better’, ‘Wise Guys’ program presented to the boys, ‘Girls Change the World’ film and many more fun activities to celebrate!
Monday, as part of our International Women’s Day week of celebrations we had a panel of inspiring speakers presenting to students in our Centenary Theatre. The panel members were: Sophie Douglass – a touring pilot for Melbourne Helicopters, Zoya Gill who works in communications and policy development in the health and government sectors, Madeline Leman who is a singer/songwriter in her ‘femmericana’ band Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells and Stephanie Paige, who manages bands including TLC, and used to work for a think tank (the centre for international governance innovation) and also in construction. The panel was facilitated by the Girls’ captains, Grace Skeggs and Erin Lucas. The panel members discussed their inspirations and motivations, the pivotal moments that may have shaped their careers and their views on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BalanceforBetter. The lunchtime forum was enjoyed by many staff and students.
On Tuesday we had a whole school Athletics Carnival and a bake sale with all donations going towards ‘One Girl’.
On Wednesday we had a whole campus event during period 1 to celebrate International Women’s Day. All the girls listened to a presentation by Lili Wilkinson, a fiction writer for young adults. The Year 8 & 9 boys experienced the ‘Be the Hero’ program, and the Year 7 boys listened to a panel of our Year 12 leaders. The International Women’s Day theme of #BalanceforBetter was addressed in all presentations.
Student Reflections from International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day the girls from Years 7-9 were inspired by author, Lili Wilkinson. Lili spoke to us about her books and the roles that females traditionally play in fiction novels. She talked about stereotypes in movies and books where males sometimes were strong and proactive, when on the other hand, women were portrayed as passive and, in some cases, rarely had a name in the story. They were occasionally used as objects of affection. Her messages about girls being strong gave us reassurance and something to think about and helped us understand that feminism isn’t about a certain gender having more power, it’s about gender equality.
Greta Murphy 8AGR
On Wednesday this week the year 7-9’s participated in a special day, to celebrate and to support International Women’s Day. It was an important day, which started with inspiring words from a panel of Year 12s, hearing from them about celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against gender bias and about how we can each take action for equality, and asking us all to rethink our everyday actions to make a difference. The day was also supported by everyone with a free dress and fundraising event to help raise money for the charity ‘One Girl’.
Heath Corry 7SMA
I’m Cormac O’Duil and was present on Wednesday 6th of March for the International Women’s Day celebration. It was a great day of bake sales and speakers. The Year 9 boys were introduced to Paul Zappa who works for Nirodah. Paul taught us about what to do if we witnessed any form of disrespectful behaviour towards women, as a teenager these things usually bore. I would say “I already know all this” but Paul made his presentation interesting, fun to watch and very interactive with lots of videos to shake it up. The boys of Year Nine learnt a lot about being positive and supportive to all women along with what to do if we see someone treating others poorly and the risks involved with stepping in.
Cormac O’Duil 9AGA