"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."   Gloria Steinem.(Spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s).

International Women’s Day is today, 8 March to celebrate the achievements of women and recognise those who have, and continue to, pave the way for social, political and economic parity for women globally.  It is a day where the world calls for a better, more gender equal world and for real change to gain momentum for women everywhere. In our College Assembly this week, Alexandra Davis, a College Modern History teacher, addressed the students regarding the many challenges that women face; such as one in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence and one in three women has experienced physical violence from the age of 15.

During Assembly, Alexandra spoke to the audience as a young woman living on the northern beaches in modern times and her experience of teaching boys and the 'sometimes uncomfortableness surrounding this'.  She posed the question, “Who believes in equality?” When all the students raised their hands, she affirmed them by saying, “Then you are all feminists.” She asked the boys to disregard the negative association of the word and exhorted them to think about their interactions as human being to human being. Two years ago our Senior students created a message for all boys ‘Men of Honour – Respect her, respect him and respect yourself’.  We continue to encourage our students to acknowledge the significant role women such as their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, teachers, and school support staff play in their lives and to be thankful for their care.

The video shows a snippet of Alex’s speech to 1500 students and staff this week. For a full copy of Alex’s powerful and confronting speech please contact College Marketing Manager, Lianne Williams E: lwilliams@saintaug.nsw.edu.au


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