Students from Glenmore Park High School’s Women’s Group have celebrated International Women’s Day in style.
A total of 22 students from across years seven to 10 are involved in the group, who get together every Friday to support each other and discuss issues in a relaxed environment.
To mark 2017 International Women’s Day, the group organised a delicious breakfast for students and guests on March 9.
Hospitality students cooked and served food as participants heard from keynote speaker, Lindsay MP Emma Husar, and enjoyed a performance of Miley Cyrus’ Butterfly Fly Away by talented singer Megan.
Students Rebecca Beke and Olivia Schneider said they enjoyed being a part of the Women’s Group.
“I think it’s really important that girls have their own voice at school,” Ms Beke said. “If we start doing this all this in school then we get out into the real world, we’ll know what to do.
“It gives us a sense of belonging in a way, and leadership experience as well.”
Guests on the day came from a broad spectrum of organisations, including local businesses, emergency services and sporting organisations.
Ms Husar said she was inspired by the young women of the group, and urged them to continue to support each other to further equality.
“While we have had some gains in equality, we have a long way to go,” she told the gathering. “There are still more CEOs in this country called John or Peter than women. When we do get to these positions, we are paid $93,000 less than our male counterparts.
“It’s really important to never be complacent about where we are as women. We have fought and won some great stuff, but we need to fight and win for more great stuff.
“I think it’s really cool to have a women’s group in a school, it’s inspirational for me to see you lifting each other up. Talk to the boys and talk to your brothers and tell them why it’s important because it’s important they are part of this solution.”
All guests were invited to sign an artwork by student Julienne Jacinto before they left on the morning.