In honour of International Women’s Day, the School hosted a series of events to promote this year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge.
‘Choose to Challenge’ is a fitting theme for this year’s International Women’s Day as it represents what our School achieves within a world of hurdles—to lead and inspire the next generation of women to take their place in a world that paradoxically seems to simultaneously empower and disarm them.
Our Years 10 – 12 students watched on at the 2021 Australian of the Year recipient Grace Tame's live virtual presentation. Grace Tame is a leader of positive change. She is a survivor-advocate for victims of sexual assault, particularly those who were abused as children.
“I had goose bumps by what she was saying—it was so powerful and weighted,” said a Year 12 student.
“I learnt that your voice is the most powerful tool you have, so we need to remember to use it,” said another Year 12 student.
Our International Relations Captain Rita L represented the School along with two other students at the Westpac Luncheon celebrating female leaders. The luncheon featured a panel of inspirational women who discussed the theme ‘Choose to Challenge’.
“I’ve been at Mentone Girls’ Grammar since Year 1 and I’ve always been taught that females are equal. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking on this leadership role, which has included International Women’s Day,” said Rita L.
On the last day of IWD celebrations, the Senior School welcomed special guest presenter Professor Sally McArthur. Professor Sally McArthur is a leading Biomedical Engineer, who was the founding director of the Swinburne Innovation Precinct, a department aimed at fast tracking the development and marketing of new ventures. She is the regional director of the National Medical Device Partnering Program and the leader of Bio Interface Engineering Hub. Sally focuses on research led innovation and translation of this to many industrial applications. To date, she has obtained more than $22 million in funding from many research councils, industry as well as government initiatives within both the UK and Australia.
“She is an inspiring role model for women of all ages, as she has been able to choose to challenge the stereotype that sees mostly men in higher positions within fields of work surrounding STEM,” said International Relations Captain, Rita L.
- International Women's Day