Celebrating Women: International Women’s Day
Celebrating International Women’s Day is an event that is highly regarded and valued at Santa Maria College. It allows us to pause and re-inspire ourselves, continue to empower others and ourselves. International Women’s Day is a time for everyone, regardless of gender, to celebrate the progress women have made towards equality, but also to remember how much further there is to go. Achieving gender equality should be as important for men as it is for women, meaning the day should be celebrated by everyone.
When we celebrate or recognise women holistically, we are recognising women who are of colour, women who are refugees, women who are our mothers and sisters, women who aren’t mothers or don’t have any sisters. Women who work full time or women don’t work at all. Women who have lots of kids or have no kids. As females, we should be uplifting and empowering every other female, as well as ourselves. Celebrating the females in technology and innovation, the women fighting for equality in sport, the women attempting to increase visibility from a creative aspect, and those building workplaces where women can thrive in.
International Women’s Day Theme
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Choose to Challenge’. And we are all encouraged to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
Special Guest Sandy Anghie
At this week’s annual Santa Maria International Women’s Day Assembly, we were fortunate to be joined by past Santa Maria student, Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth, Sandy Anghie. She is a woman who has displayed determination and persistence in her career, which has made her a formidable presence in Australian society. Sandy Anghie is a role model for many women in Australia and her well-acclaimed skillset, combined with her proven accomplishments in working towards a greater change allowed for an inspired audience at our assembly.
Below is a video with some of our girls talking about how their mum inspires them.
Stella Hammond | Head Girl 2021