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Happy International Women’s Day: Women in STEM + helping combat illiteracy

Happy International Women’s Day 2023 to my fellow femmes, industry colleagues, clients, cheerleaders, fam and friends…

This year’s theme is focused on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) – w’hoo:

UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme for 2023 is Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future. Based on the priority theme for the United Nations 67th Commission on the Status of Women, Cracking the Code highlights the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies, and accessible education can play in combatting discrimination and the marginalisation of women globally.

Innovation is a driver of change and by embracing new technologies and championing the unique skills and knowledge of women in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM), we can accelerate our progress towards a gender equal future.” – UN Women

In the lead-up to IWD, I attended She’s on the Money‘s first International Women’s Day breakky at Aloft, Perth.

Disclaimer: As the brand’s tagline is “the one-stop destination for millennials who want financial freedom”, I’m not exactly the demographic, but I am a #womaninSTEM, and a big believer in financial independence, so it was still a great fit for me.

I particularly loved the passion and hi-larity of AFL coach Michelle Cowan, and the insanely tasty and value-packed #BertieBeetle status-worthy goodie bag (this is how goodie bags should be, right?).

And super speech by event partner, Sharesies.

There was great coffee, canapes and chat – and a photo booth:

All in all, a fab way to start hump day and celebrate the fabulous women in my personal and professional life.

Helping combat illiteracy

I was pondering how else I could celebrate and / or support IWD this year.

Given literacy and education is close to my heart, I made a simple, digital gesture by buying an “empowered gift” from UN Women Australia that helps combat illiteracy by helping provide education to 12 girls.

I’m fortunate to’ve had access to literacy and education from an early age and now work with primarily STEM-centric businesses, including some fabulous women and men who champion diversity and change in general.

There’s a lot to celebrate in that!

Happy International Women’s Day.

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