Made of strong stuff
JASON Sanderson has never known the concept of a “glass ceiling” when it comes to what women can achieve in Australia.
The 24-year-old son of Governor Kerry Sanderson said he grew up believing women could excel the same as men.
“It’s a credit to people in my generation,” Jason said.
He said International Women’s Day on March 6 was an opportunity for men and women to celebrate the achievements of women and how far they had come.
“It’s also an important time to remember there’s lots of women around the world who aren’t treated as well as they are in Australia,” Jason said.
The FIFO worker said while his mother had been the main role model in his life, there were many females in his family – particularly aunties who were not necessarily “real” aunties – who were strong women.
Mrs Sanderson is guest speaker at Momentum Forum’s International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on Fri- day, March 6.
“I want to celebrate what women have achieved but speak about it in an empowering way for men and women,” she said.
“I will cover domestic violence because it’s a big concern but I’d also like to share some of my learnings that have been important, like taking opportunities and having confidence in yourself.”
Mrs Sanderson said she had always admired her grandmother.
“My grandmother never worked but was a very determined lady,” she said.
“Three times she was told she would never walk again and she got herself up and walked again each time. She helped the whole family, did not have a university education but was very intelligent.
“Within her family there was some domestic violence… I remember her talking about hiding from her father when he came home from the hotel at night.”
Mrs Sanderson and her sons Jason and Jarrad (30) have signed Momentum Forum’s Kiss Violence Against Women Goodbye pledge, which was launched in 2013 by City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.
I’d also like to share some of my learnings, like taking opportunities and having confidence in yourself
WA Governor Kerry Sanderson with her son Jason. Mrs Sanderson will be speaking at an International Women’s Day luncheon.