I had my first child at 17. I worked fulltime and studied part time for 7 years to complete my undergraduate degree. ‘Finally,’ I thought – ‘my career is about to take off!’
But, it soon became apparent to me that society had different sets of standards for working mums and working dads. My hard work was often seen as neglecting my much loved child, and my career aspirations were sometimes considered selfish. Even when I married and had the full support of my husband, there was still a quiet, ever present insinuation from others that my time would be better spent at home with my children.
As a mum of four, I am very passionate about ensuring that the society we are shaping for the future does not diminish or restrict opportunities offered to my children because of their gender.
Gender equality is good for everyone – it is a positive step towards preventing men’s violence against women and is good for mental health, too.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
Thank you to our guest bloggers and community advocates for taking part in our Gender Equality Matters 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign.