EM­POW­ER­ING OUR WOMEN

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Karen Hunt

DAR­ING to be dif­fer­ent and over­com­ing ad­ver­sity were themes of an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day break­fast held in Bridgetown on Thurs­day.

About 80 peo­ple – in­clud­ing women from all walks of life and 23 teenage girls from Bridgetown High School – at­tended the Black­wood Youth Ac­tion event in the town’s Lesser Hall.

Black­wood youth ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Tanya Beechey said the event, held for the sec­ond time this year, was de­signed to in­spire women of all ages.

“Right from the out­set we’re about the pos­i­tive side, em­pow­er­ing women to show what they can do,” Ms Beechey said.

Five speak­ers shared sto­ries about their per­sonal jour­neys dur­ing the event.

The first was singer-song­writer Tracey Bar­nett, who spoke of strug­gling at school and work­ing as a beau­ti­cian be­fore pur­su­ing her dream of a ca­reer in the “bru­tal” mu­sic in­dus­try.

“Be scared and do it any­way,” she said.

Heather Domoney worked for the air force and trav­elled the world in the 1960s be­fore, as a sin­gle mother, she launched a wild­flower pro­cess­ing and ex­port busi­ness.

It “grew like wild­fire”, she said, and in the 1980s was recog­nised as Aus­tralia’s big­gest ex­porter of wild­flow­ers.

Three women work­ing for Tal­i­son Lithium in Green­bushes re­vealed how they came to choose a ca­reer in an in­dus­try tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated by men.

Ade­laide-born me­tal­lur­gi­cal en­gi­neer Kate McGuire urged the au­di­ence to aim high in life.

“You’re as good and as ca­pa­ble as any man,” she said.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Tal­i­son Lithium me­tal­lur­gi­cal en­gi­neer Kate McGuire, wild­flower en­tre­pre­neur Heather Domoney, Tal­i­son me­chan­i­cal fit­ter La­toya Speight, singer-song­writer Tracey Bar­nett and Tal­i­son chem­i­cal en­gi­neer Bianca Spice spoke at the event or­gan­ised by Black­wood Youth Ac­tion’s Tanya Beechey.

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