12 of the best quotes from our International Women’s Day event.By Business Chicks | Mar 08, 17 04:39 PM
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. We celebrate the women who have fought for the rights we have today. We celebrate the women who speak for those who do not have a voice.
We brought together four incredible speakers, Mariam Veiszadeh, Nakkiah Lui, Azure Antionette and Janine Shephard in Sydney to hear their thoughts on how we can achieve gender parity, be bold for change and push to make the world a better place for women.
Here’s what they said:
"Life is not about having it all, it's about loving it all" – Janine Shephard
“Yes, you have privilege, but I want you to use it. We are living in a time where it is too important for you not to.” - Nakkiah Lui
"We need to recognise the privileges we have. Having a voice is a privilege many women don't have" – Olivia Ruello
“There’s a glass ceiling right. For some women, it’s double glazed.” –Miriam Veiszadeh
“We are at a time in our landscape where we must speak. We need to scream. Not just for ourselves but for each other. That's the hope we have. And that’s the question I have for you - what is it that you want to scream at the world? What does your authentic voice want to say once you critique the values you built your identity on? How do you want to make the world just a little bit different?” –Nakkiah Lui
'When you decide to say yes to life, that's when the magic happens' – Janine Shephard
'Women are told to be confident. When we are confident, women are told we're a tad too assertive.' - Mariam Veiszadeh
“It is with our voice that we can not only can we contribute to the world, but have the power to change it. How do we know this? Because when we look back at history, those moments when we have lost our right to have our voices heard, those were dark and scary times.” - Nakkiah Lui
“Our bodies may be limited, but our spirits are unstoppable. The defiant human spirit remains steadfast. And when you see it in yourself, you see it in everyone.” – Janine Shephard
“The thing about privilege is not everyone gets it.” –Miriam Veiszadeh
“Don’t discount the effect that you have as an individual. There has never been more groundswell and movement as there is now. A movement is nothing without individual action. So don’t ever discourage the effect you have.” – Olivia Ruello
“I don’t want any young Aboriginal woman or any woman to feel how I did in that moment. To feel like the world has no space for them. Quite simply, if you can see it, you can be it.” – Nakkiah Lui