Sally Sattler, Rita Hassan, Ann Leahy, and Celeste Nelson.
Sally Sattler, Rita Hassan, Ann Leahy, and Celeste Nelson.

PHOTOS: Why International Women’s Day is important to Dalby

AN AUDIBLE gasp from attendees at the International Women’s Day function on Friday travelled through the Dalby Leagues Club as SES Dalby group leader Tanya Wittmann said that when she first started with the SES, she was told her job would be to sort out the office, and make the coffee.

“After six years of volunteering, I still get asked the same question: Why?,” she said.

“Why would a female want to climb on a roof?

“Why would a woman want to perform a flood boat rescue? Even today there is such a stigma around women joining the organisation.”

But Ms Wittmann, like the other guest speakers at the event and countless other women, have overcome challenges being women in “male-dominated” fields, and are celebrating that achievement this International Women’s Day.

The event at the Leagues club celebrated the women in our community and encouraged them to work towards gender equality in every facet of work and life.

Guest speakers included Allison Baden-Clay foundation director Vanessa Fowler, Member for Warrego Ann Leahy, WDRC community and liveability general manager Jodie Taylor, and lawyer Tracey Ryan.

All the inspiring ladies shared tales of hurdles they’ve had to leap and the misogyny they’ve overcome to get where they are today.

But one resounding message went home with attendees: don’t be afraid to stand up for what is right, and don’t doubt yourselves.

Check out all the photos from the inspiring evening:


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