As a mother to 2 daughters, I’m constantly wondering what the future holds for them. In particular, what does it mean to be a woman in today’s society. I realise that my journey is only one view. As I ask around and search for more examples, I stumble across many women who’s roles have evolved and lead the way for the next generation. From Malala Yousafzai to Sheryl Sanberg COO of one of the largest global companies, Facebook, to Professor Fiona Wood, leading surgeon and Director of the burns unit in Perth.
As children, our initial view is heavily influenced by our grandmothers and mothers, women who grew up in the 50’s and 70’s. Women in the 50’s were expected to fulfil certain roles, such as caring mother, a diligent homemaker and obedient wife. The perfect mother was supposed to stay home and nurture, have dinner on the table precisely at the moment her husband arrived from work. While women in the 70’s went on to break that mould and fought for Women’s rights, equality and independence.
Being a woman today means…
…..balancing choice with obligation
…..having an abundance of opportunities, should we choose to take it
.…the opportunity to run for Prime Minister or run your own successful business
….having access to and connecting to the world around them
Being a woman today means going beyond what your mother thought was possible and more. This is my wish for my daughters.