Working Women - Guest Blog 2 - Int’l Women’s Day

Working Women - Guest Blog 2 - Int’l Women’s Day

This week we have invited a handful of inspirational Women we know to take the mic and be guest bloggers for International Women's day on the topic of their choice. This one is written by Hannah Freriechs. A champion for Women in a male dominated industry.. and a contributor to Urban List and a super all round legend... with a sense of humour that can split rocks!! Enjoy this short n sharp piece!

As a women working in a predominantly male dominated industry of mining I am constantly engaged in conversations about women in the workforce. I try to encourage everyone both female and male to have passion about equality. Make that lunch room awkward, make that boadroom listen, make that sexist conversation confrontational. It will be hard but it will be worth it. Challenge then challenge some more. Be that "difficult" chick in the workplace 'Oh no Susie's here again and she wants to talk about access to female toilets pfffft" THAT'S YOU! BE SUSIE! I can guarantee you Susie has 3 less UTI's a year than you.Too long have conversations of pay & wages & conditions been taboo to talk about, companies love that shit! Its a free pass for them to mould you into the "ideal" female employee - quiet and submissive and just happy to be there making cups of tea. Ask your colleagues what they earn and then march your sassy ass into that office and disscuss ..nay...interpretive dance it if you have to - with management. Our desire to be liked by all holds us back from challenging sexism in the workplace. It's time to scratch the surface and peel back the ugliness beneath because it's your job to look deeper, what workplace policies and procedures are holding you back from your male colleagues? Find out because they are there and if they're not A) High five sister you have an awsome job! B) Do you have any vacancies cause Susie still wandering around looking for a female toilet...

Complicity is no longer an option ladies and anger is no longer shameful. Fire up.

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