I was lucky enough to be on the Advisory Committee for the Growth Faculty’s Women World Changers event this year. I attended the Melbourne event on 9 October 2017.
The speaker line-up was inspirational, as was the content. They included, but weren’t limited to:
- Dr Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Executive Director for Policy & Programme, UN Women
- Elizabeth Broderick, Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, and Special Advisor to UN Women
- Ms Unni Klovstad, Ambassador of Norway
- Laura Liswood, Secretary General for Council of Women World Leaders
- Professor Cordelia Fine, Author of Testosterone Rex
- Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama
- Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute
Laura Lisbeth had the most impact on me, because she said that we’ve rolled the Sisyphus rock to the top, finally, in relation to gender equality. But what are we going to do now?
I heard a similar comment today, when listening to the Vibrant Happy Women podcast featuring Mastin Kipp. He said that he couldn’t imagine being part of a gender that had lived in the shadow of another that was stronger, more violent, and in control, for centuries. Like Laura, he also implied that women’s suffrage and feminist movements had been pushing the rock up the hill like Sisyphus for decades. But now we were on the cusp of having everything we want – we just have to know what that is …
The message throughout is that women have an equal number in the world to men, if not a slight majority, so we have the power to now create the world that we want.
Time to change the world, ladies.
Here’s more reason:
Dr Denniss’ talk was more brutal, and just as impactful. This is not the exact talk he gave, but a similar one from 2016 which is very similar: