Snowy Mountains Grammar School will host its 3rd annual International Women’s Day breakfast on Monday March 8th, 2021. Throughout the world on this day, communities gather together to celebrate and commemorate the diverse and invaluable contribution of women in society. The theme for our local event in 2021 will be:

“Exploring the culturally diverse experiences of women in global communities”

The aim of our International Women’s Day breakfast is to foster connections between local community members and the young women in our region, expose our young ladies to the diverse cultural experiences of women throughout the world, and inspire them to pursue a life of purpose and passion.

This year we will have a number of guest speakers from different cultural backgrounds and international work experiences who will share their perspectives growing up and working as a young woman, specifically discussing the cultural, societal and familial influences on their life journey with the students gathered at the International Women’s Day event. We will also have a Q & A session with the panel of guest speakers. Our guest speakers this year include Cath Newman (South Africa), Takako Bailey(Japan), Emma Morgan(Philippines), Carla Zijilstra (Netherlands), Malika Bailey (French Canada), and Danielle French (UAE).

We are most appreciative to the following local businesses who have sponsored this event in the form of table decorations and lucky door prizes: Peak Performance, Alpine Yoga, Rokits Edibles, Apre She, Rydges Hotels & Resorts, Design & Detail, Thorn & Snow, The Perfect Piece, Charmed Events, Magikal Captures and Mitre 10.

Following the International Women’s Day breakfast, our female students in Years 11 and 12 will participate in The Young Women’s Leadership Seminar hosted by NSW Parliamentary Education via a live link with Parliament House. The seminar is an opportunity for students to hear from an inspiring leader who can speak on personal and professional experiences, and who can help young women aspire to leadership roles. The keynote presenter is Rae Cooper, Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations at Sydney University. She received an Order of Australia (2019) for contributions to higher education and workplace policy and practice. A panel of female Members of Parliament will also discuss highlights, challenges, and opportunities they have experienced in their careers. Throughout this online program, students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Over the next few weeks, students will be invited to donate gently used, nearly-new professional attire for the international not-for-profit UN-based charity, Dress for Success. This organisation empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.