Super day for women
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.”