Not afraid to break the glass ceiling
FEMALE business and political leaders in Townsville are “smashing glass ceilings all over the place”.
Commercial lawyer Tamahra Moore said Townsville surpassed other cities in terms of the ratio of high-achieving women in the corporate, small business and political sectors.
“Townsville really shines when you look at our highachieving women,” she said.
“We have many females in high-level positions, from our mayor to the Townsville Port CEO to the CEO of Townsville Enterprise, as well as countless other women who hold positions on boards and are small to large business owners and managers.
“Townsville women are smashing glass ceilings all over the place.
“There is a real acceptance in the community of the voice that women bring to all aspects of community, corporate, business and political life.
“There are masculine and feminine styles of leadership and I believe we live in a community that encourages women to find and lead with their strengths,” she said.
“We need both (styles) or we’re all the same.”
The 32-year-old admits to living “a Jekyll and Hyde existence” in her early career but is now paving the way for other career women to be confident to be themselves.
“When I was first admitted as a lawyer in 2008 … I would dress and act how I thought people expected their lawyers to be – stern, and without any trace of femininity or individuality,” she said.
But Ms Moore said her personality was the opposite of that.
“Keeping up this facade was exhausting,” she said.
“One day I spent a whole afternoon in a tiny court conference room with a client, waiting for an urgent judgment to be handed down.
“As we talked, I realised that the more authentic I was, the more relaxed my client became.”
Successful Townsville lawyer Tamahra Moore.