International Women’s Day at Girls Grammar

International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements and builds support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, we asked students and staff to reflect on what this year’s theme, #PressforProgress, means to them.

‘Pioneers, trailblazers and women who achieve extraordinary feats deserve all the praise and admiration they receive. Equally, the women—and men—who struggle, persist and endure to improve the lives of others, or to overcome difficulty build the momentum for change. We don’t need any more statistics; the evidence is incontrovertible. It’s time for society to truly see and accept the inevitability of this change and decide as a collective—women and men, young and old, people from all walks of life—how to achieve it in the most dignified and constructive way, together.’ Principal, Ms Jacinda Euler

‘Our themes for the year are Pride, Individuality and Empowerment. We hope to see every Grammar girl showcase their talent, be proud of who they are as individuals, and empower others to be the best they can be.’ 2018 Head Girls, Harper McIlroy (12W) and Annabel Ryan (12E)

‘In Year 7 we are learning about the history of the School and some of the important women who have been part of its history. I found Annie Mackay inspiring—she was the Girls Grammar Headmistress from 1916-1924. Women like her encourage me to do my best and help.’  Mathilda Chapman (7R)

‘Our Year 12 buddies are our mentors, and older girls we can look up to — and they’re really fun too! I feel lucky to go to school, especially here, where everyone is really encouraging. I think every girl should have people supporting her.’ Emily Clayton (7L) and Claudia Kelso (7L)

‘To me, to #PressforProgress means to have equality for everyone—the same pay, the same opportunities, the same rights. It’s a simple concept, but it’s so important.’ Bridgette Watkins (10R)

Annabel Ryan and Harper McIlory

Mathilda Chapman, Millie Walsh and Bridgette Watkins

Emily Clayton and Claudio Kelso

Bridgette Watkins