Opin­ion: Cel­e­brate with your gal pals

Gatton Star - - LIFE - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

UNITY, ac­tion, re­flec­tion – three traits that help iden­tify the mean­ing be­hind In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

It is not a day of roses, fairies and but­ter­flies, but a day that has been oc­cur­ring for more than a cen­tury, honour­ing the pro­gres­sion of women and their in­volve­ment as equals in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

Across these four pages in to­day’s Gat­ton Star ,we have iden­ti­fied a num­ber of lo­cal women as com­mu­nity lead­ers and in­spi­ra­tional women, who might not al­ways be in the spot­light, but put in many hours in their var­i­ous fields.

In these pages, we tell these women’s sto­ries, their jobs in the com­mu­nity and how they came to cham­pi­oning their in­di­vid­ual roles.

From busi­ness own­ers to vol­un­teers, of­fi­cers of the law and sport­ing cham­pi­ons, there’s plenty of great women cre­at­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ments right in our back­yard.

As the edi­tor of the Gat­ton Star, I’m proud to be a work­ing woman in the Lock­yer Val­ley re­gion.

It took 60 years for the first fe­male edi­tor to be ap­pointed at the Gat­ton Star and that ti­tle was held by my pre­de­ces­sor Me­gan Shee­han.

At Present, within the News Re­gional Me­dia fam­ily, there are more fe­male ed­i­tors than male ed­i­tors across the daily mast­heads.

This Fri­day, why not cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day with all the women from around the world. It’s a day that touches women across all cor­ners of the globe, no mat­ter your hair, skin or eye colour.

You could wear some­thing pur­ple, the colour that sym­bol­ises women, or sim­ply share a cake with your col­leagues for af­ter­noon tea.

No mat­ter what it is, be proud to be who you are.

PHOTO: FILE

CEL­E­BRATE: Gat­ton Star edi­tor Ali Kuchel.

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