Su­per day for women

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPIN­ION - Aaron Cor­lett

CH­ERYL Ed­wardes be­lieves there are no su­per­women, but she comes pretty close to tick­ing all the boxes.

The Como res­i­dent, who was WA’s first fe­male at­tor­ney-gen­eral, was among 15 women in­ducted into the state’s Women’s Hall of Fame on March 8.

The cer­e­mony was held on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and Mrs Ed­wardes’ life serv­ing the com­mu­nity as the Lib­eral mem­ber for Kings­ley from 1989 to 2005 and her many achieve­ments were recog­nised.

Mrs Ed­wardes said she felt it was im­por­tant to hon­our the achieve­ments of women.

“It’s a very im­por­tant event. I see com­ments on so­cial me­dia about why we need In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day but there are still bar­ri­ers for women,” she said.

“In terms of women on the boards of ASXlisted com­pa­nies, WA is be­hind the east­ern states and there are still mile­stones to be achieved.

“My ad­vice for young women, which was ad­vice my mother gave me, is that there is noth­ing you can’t do if you set your mind to it.

“I also ad­vise work­ing mothers to ask for help; there are no su­per­women.”

De­spite her many achieve­ments in po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness life, Mrs Ed­wardes never felt sat­is­fied and was de­ter­mined to push her­self.

“I’m lucky to have a large num­ber of good peo­ple around me, es­pe­cially my fam­ily,” she said. “The mere fact that my sons call me ev­ery day and are very close to me is great.

“These days I’m still a di­rec­tor with At­las Iron, I’ve chaired the Port Hed­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port and I’m a di­rec­tor of AusCann, who want to give peo­ple ac­cess to medic­i­nal cannabis, and I’m in­volved with the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion.”

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