The world has been marking International Women’s Day on March 8 since 1975. On one hand it seems a little daft that we’re given just one day a year to celebrate and be inspired by the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women the world over. On the other, it’s a timely reminder that we should never stop fighting the good fight.
This year’s campaign is ‘Pledge for Parity’ (#PledgeForParity). It’s a call for awareness that in many places – New Zealand included – progress toward parity has slowed and that urgent action is needed.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Villainesse is running a series this week called Five Women, Five Questions, Five Days. In it, Paula Yeoman speaks to five high profile Kiwi women to shine a light on the contribution they have made and continue to make in the quest for equality and in inspiring the next generation. One day isn’t nearly enough, so we’ve decided to extend it to International Women’s Week.
Five fierce and fascinating women will share their secrets and insights over five long-form stories. Leaders in their various industries, blazing a trail in media, music, business, politics and fashion respectively, they’ve accumulated a wealth of wisdom between them.
After reading the whole series, I feel like these women are big sisters I wish I had. I’m beyond excited that Villainesse is able to bring their words to you this week.
Up first tomorrow is the CEO of one of New Zealand’s biggest media companies, NZME. (NZ Herald, Newstalk ZB, Flava, ZM, The Hits, etc.) – Jane Hastings.
A huge thanks to Paula for her great work, and let the badassery begin.