Celebrating choices on International Women’s Day
2 March 2018 By Chris Kotur
It’s easy to feel pessimistic about how far we still have to go before all women feel respected, valued, safe and free to make choices but this International Women's Day I’m celebrating how far my generation of women have come after sidestepping those childhood stories and images that created expectations of what a fulfilling life for a woman – our mothers - ought to be.
The stories of my childhood showed women in passive roles with a pathway toward marriage, children and full-time family responsibilities or the risk of feeling guilty about ambitions to pursue study, a career or expectations for real equality in our relationships.
There are more pathways now for women to lead fulfilling, guilt-free lives. The changes have been in the right direction. International Women's Day reminds us of how far we’ve come but also how hard we have to work to ensure gains are secured for women everywhere.
Chris Kotur (WCLP’14)
Designed for C-suite, executive leaders, our Women's Leadership Program (May 2018) will take you out of your comfort zone and into a journey of self-discovery and development, exploring leadership across complex boundaries. Over three days, inspirational female leaders will come together to share their leadership experiences, their personal and professional stories and empower you to reach your full leadership potential. All in the setting of the iconic Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley.
CHRIS KOTUR (WCLP'94)
Chris is Leadership Victoria's Leader in Residence, a role that is raising the profile and importance of emerging leadership issues and development across all sectors in Australia.
She has been an active and committed Williamson Community Leadership Program alumnus since 1994.