Made of strong stuff

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S CAHILL

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

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d433064

WA Gover­nor Kerry San­der­son with her son Ja­son. Mrs San­der­son will be speak­ing at an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day lun­cheon.

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