International Women's Day

Wednesday, 8 March was International Women’s Day. Mrs Coburn and myself took Jaymie Burgess (Captain) and Nathalia Amato (Vice Captain) to the Maroondah City Council International Women’s Day Breakfast event. This was an opportunity to meet with other members of the Maroondah community and to discover why this important day is celebrated around the world each year.

International Women’s Day (IWD) came about in the early 1900s, a period when wage earning women were emerging as a political force in Europe and the United States. IWD is the story of ordinary women as makers of history as they campaigned for women to be able to vote, equal wages for women and an improvement of the very poor working conditions that women suffered.

Wednesday’s event specifically celebrated 100 years of the Maternal and Child Health Service. A panel of speakers spoke about the evolution of this important service, addressing why it began in the first place to reduce infant mortality rates and how the challenges faced now by maternal and child health nurses are both similar and vastly different to the early 1900s.

Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate women’s contributions to their workplaces, their families and their communities.