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Happy International Women’s Day to all superwomen

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8 Mar 2019

It’s International Women’s Day, so we’d like to give a nod to the superwomen who’ve helped shape our lives!

In fact, this special day coincides with Marvel releasing their first solo female superhero film: Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman remains Aussie kids’ favourite superhero, according to a recent Roy Morgan report. 1

But, not all superwomen wear capes.

Some superwomen are those who’ve helped us grow into the people we are today, while others have inspired us to accomplish incredible feats and remain driving forces for change.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. This theme not only celebrates the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women around the world but also encourages us to keep pushing for gender parity everywhere else.

So, how can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

We put these questions to the men and women at Compare the Market.

Chris Catchpoole | General Manager of Digital

Q: Who’s the superwoman in your life?

A: There’s only one: my wife, the most unparalleled superwoman you could possibly imagine. We’ve had three kids in two years, and she’s at home with them every day, 12 to 14 hours a day, and still manages to achieve everything she sets her mind to. There’s no way I could ever do it. She’s amazing!

Q: How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

A: Female representation from a population perspective is slightly higher than men. However, representation in most other places is the other way around, when you look at it from a corporate perspective, for example. So, from a leadership perspective, it’s up to me in my role to facilitate equality, and I’ve seen more and more women stepping into those capabilities, which I think is fantastic.

Hannah Twiggs | Public Relations Executive

Q. Who are the superwomen in your life?

A. There are so many, but my ultimate inspiration for being a good and kind person is my mum. She came from nothing and gave me the life that I have now, so I’m always appreciative of her. Also, my grandma, as I’ve always looked up to her. She’s always inspired me to pursue my writing – also because my grandpa was a writer too. I also have so many friends that I look up to and, of course, all my female colleagues from whom I get a lot of inspiration and growth.

Q. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

A. At the end of the day, it comes down to respect. Women and men need to have equal respect for each other; it’s not just a one-way street. I think it’s important that we all empower each other. Women can go for whatever role they put their mind to, and it’s important that men support women to do that and vice versa. It’s important to recognise that we’ve come so far as a gender, we’ve done so much, and I’m hoping that we keep growing and kicking goals in the future.

Adam Harvey | General Manager, Legal & Compliance

Q. Who are the superwomen in your life?

A. My wife is at the top of the list, no question. She is fiercely loyal and intelligent, and I’m so proud of what she is doing in her life and career. I’m also super fortunate to have 10 diverse, supremely talented women in the Legal and Compliance team – they challenge me every day, and they’re one of the highest performing teams I’ve ever worked with. They also make me laugh every day.

Q. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

A. I think this question gets to the heart of the issue. We do need to celebrate the achievements of the important women in our lives, whether those achievements be social, economic, political, cultural or other. At the same time, we need to continue to challenge some unresolved issues – things like conscious and unconscious bias, unbalanced gender leadership, the pay gap, discrimination on the basis of sex – really, inequality, however it arises. Hopefully, by doing that, we’ll one day get to a more balanced, better future.

Ellie Reynolds | Training Team Lead

Q. Who’s the superwoman in your life?

A. I would always choose my mum, but to step outside the box, one of the superwomen who has been a real inspiration for me recently is Melissa Ambrosini, who is the author of Mastering Your Mean Girl and hosts an awesome podcast. She is really inspirational with the success of her business, and I love her approach; she teaches ways to still live a balanced healthy lifestyle while kicking goals and progressing in your career as a woman.

Q. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

A. It’s about not being complacent or accepting that just because you’re a woman, you don’t have the same opportunities or get paid the same as a man in the same role. If you have the same qualifications, yours are worth just as much. It’s not women that need to step up and do it as well. We do have a lot of male backers that help us get there – everyone would agree with that.

Warren Duke | Product Manager – Travel, Energy, Life & Income Protection

Q. Who’s the superwoman in your life?

A. Definitely my wife. We’ve been together 20 years yesterday, actually. She’s very hard-working, very smart, meticulous, organised, confident and… I could go on!

Q. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

A. I think we need to stop talking about achieving quotas for the sake of it and recognise that there should be no difference between men and women when it comes to what they can achieve. It should all be merit-based, no matter your gender.

Emma Brabbins | Product Manager, Health

Q. Who is the superwoman in your life?

A. My mum; she always taught me empowerment. She’s had a very successful career, she’s been a businesswoman and managed to bring up a family as well. Then, at the age of 50, she decided to give up the corporate life and went back to university to study to be a social worker. She had the balls to do that. She always taught me that I could achieve what I want to achieve!

Q. How can we help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievements? Take action for equality?

A. I don’t believe it’s about women’s achievements. I believe it’s about individual achievements and nothing else, not about gender, race or whatever – there should be no difference. It shouldn’t be about balance because everyone should be celebrated as an individual.

Sources: Roy Morgan- Wonder Woman on top and Captain Marvel one to watch (2019)

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Written by Megan Birot

Megan considers herself a savvy saver. She aims to make finance fun and inspire people to make decisions best suited to their budget and lifestyle. Her number one tip is: “saving doesn’t have to be boring, get creative and reap the rewards.” Megan has a background in journalism and particularly loves to write about health and money. She hopes to one day pen a best-selling book but the topic is a well-guarded secret.

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