International Women's Day | Central Coast Grammar School

International Women's Day

Girl at lectern speaking

A celebration of International Women’s Day saw CCGS students, staff and parents join together for a special breakfast to commemorate the global event.

‘More powerful together’, the theme for International Women’s day this year, was embraced for its relevance to the school, which proudly strives to build and maintain a cohesive environment that support girls and young women to be their best.

The event was also an opportunity to raise funds for Zonta International, a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The school community will come together on the weekend to pack kits for ‘Birthing kit Foundation Australia’, allowing mothers in developing countries the chance of a cleaner, safer birthing environment to reduce childbirth mortality rates.

Student prefect, Priya Soni addressed guests and shared her thoughts about the significance of IWD for her personally.

“I’m personally grateful for the role models in my life,” said Priya.

“My mum, a doctor, a professional and a constant pillar of support has shown me the importance of building a successful career but also having a family because you choose to. My Aunt Sadhna works with severely disabled and disadvantaged kids and has shown me the resilience of working women. My grandma, a vocal advocate of women’s education, graduated from university in the 40's. And my paternal grandma, Dadima raised a successful immigrant family despite hostility and racism.

“These women have consistently demonstrated their authority, tenacity and compassion, providing me exceptional models on what it mean to be a happy and successful woman. So many of my generation have similar examples to prove why the continuation of feminism is so vital to the progression of our society.  It’s fantastic that today allows us a time to reflect on, and respect all such contributions.

“Feminism is fighting for the equality of genders, not the superiority of women. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that this movement is for everyone.”

Head of Senior College, Ms Denise McDonough challenged the school body to consider the breadth of significance IWD has in the context of school life.

“Our challenge today and for each day that follows is to call out negative stereotypes and gender inequality in all its forms. To celebrate the achievements of women as being equal to those of men by demonstrating true respect. By doing so, we may influence the beliefs and the actions of those we interact or socialise with.”

Ms McDonough sighted a 2017 study from UNSW indicating that the biggest indicator of workplace fulfilment for women was respect, which ranked even higher than equal pay and flexible working conditions. She encouraged students to continue to build a culture of respect amongst their peers.

“The boys and young men in this room have never had a greater opportunity to show that they are truly young men of integrity and virtue. Girls, this is not a passive cry for respect from others. You must respect yourselves as well as show respect for other girls.”

The school prides itself on building a healthy culture that fosters respect for others and respect for diversity.

“It’s not only about seeking equality but it’s about the LIFE LONG value of respect,” said Ms McDonough.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Mother and daughter