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International Womens Day

 

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” –G.D. Anderson.

Whilst celebrating women is something that we do on a daily basis here at Helen Kaminski, today, March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD), a global event recognizing the achievements of women and accelerate gender equality.

International Women’s Day is a day where we pause and reflect on the growth of women’s social, political and cultural rights, as well as continuing to work towards an #EachforEqual world.

In celebration, we invited a few of our favourite people of influence to share what inspires them on IWD.  

Talisa  

  

TALISA SUTTON
Editor & Chief, Badlands Journal
Founder of Badlands Studio

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
To me it is a celebration of the incredible achievements of women everywhere, as well as a time of reflection on the strides we have taken, and the progress still to be made.

Which woman inspires you and why?
There are so many, both present and in history. Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, Jacinda Arden, Jane Goodall, Margaret Hamilton and of course my own mother. Women who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in and use their voice and minds to help others.

Why is seeking gender equality so important?
I want my daughter to grow up in a world where anything is possible for her. Gender shouldn’t stand in the way of equal pay, or access to certain opportunities and career progression. Equality also makes for a healthier society, with a stronger economy and growth potential. 

     

 

Keenan

 

 

 

  

KEENAN MOTTO
Creative Partner, Fabric Agency

 What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
To me it is a celebration, acknowledgement and recognition of the women in our lives.

Which woman inspires you and why?
For my whole life I have been surrounded and raised by strong female figures of which I admire for different reasons. Each have played a roleshaping my masculinity – a form of masculinity that is based on empathy, intuition and strength. Special mentions to my mother and sister who raised me, but most of all my wife whose strength and resilience inspires me every day. As a now mother to our 2 year old daughter, seeing her wear the many hats of the multiple roles she plays and all that she manages to accomplish while being the support to all around her astonishes me.
  

 

 

 

Helen  

HELEN MARIE KAMINSKI
Founder, Helen Kaminski

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, International Women’s Day is to remind women and men everywhere of the need of and right to equal pay for equal work in respectful conditions for women.  The history of this day speaks to my values almost more than any other day in the calendar for until all people are respected and valued for their contribution there will be damaging gaps between the rich and poor. Such gaps lead to anarchy, the only way out for those locked in poverty - the angry response to desperation and disappointment.

Which woman inspires you and why?
Clara Zetkin, the founder of International Women’s Day, a forceful, moral women in a sense ahead of her time but a driver of changes that in her time were desperately needed. She drove concepts around female rights that are now accepted in most truly democratic nations. She fought for an 8 hour working day and is responsible for maternity and paternity leave enjoyed by many today. Clara lived in a time of appalling poverty and female repression and fought throughout her lifetime with as much attitude and confidence as if she were alive in this century. She was a gutsy female - a fearless leader.

Why is seeking gender equality so important?
Because the female gender is half the working population.  Women can earn, think and vote equally with men - which is the way families, local councils, law courts, governments and democracies work best. The ideal is a world where men and women respect and value one another equally. 

Mary

 

MARY BARCLAY
General Manager Sales & Marketing,
Helen Kaminski

 What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day is a day to honour women and raise awareness on key issues.  I embrace the concept of IWD as a celebration of women, but hope we get to a point where the day truly is a celebration of the magnificence of womanhood, rather than a need to focus on inequalities.  But until that day, it is an important platform in the ongoing battle for women’s rights and equality. 

Which woman inspires you and why?
I am inspired by women around me every day, many of whom I may only share a mere passing glance; giving me insight into their strength, wisdom, and determination.

I am very fortunate that I have not had to look far and have received such inspiration out of the women in my family and those that I have been exposed to throughout my career. I am inspired by my mother, who has raised 7 children (4 women), moved 36 times in her life as a military spouse, and approaches life with grace, patience and humility. And for what I would perceive as ultimate sacrifices, she has acknowledged as the joys in her life. I am inspired by my 3 older sisters, who have all pursued very different career paths in life and are extraordinarily talented and passionate in their endeavors and incredible role models to their daughters. I am inspired by working mothers. By those that continue to follow their passions, build their careers, all the while balancing family and friendships. Mostly, I am inspired by women who make their own choices, stand up for what they believe in and are brave in the face of adversity wherever that may present.  The true essence of a feminist is to promote choice. 

Why is seeking gender equality so important?
No one gender or race is more superior than another. While most countries recognise that equal rights should exist between women and men, the fact remains that women have fewer opportunities than men to benefit from economic development, with lower participation in the labour force.  For me, Frieda Pinto sums it up best by saying “Gender equality is a human fight, not a female fight.”  

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual