EMPOWERING OUR WOMEN
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.
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.