Despite all the talk about equality and empowerment, often young women are still stereotyped, especially if they try to fit into men-dominated spaces. Many school subjects, university courses and industries, see very few young female students enrolling or applying, compared to males. This is not because women are less capable in those domains; they often just believe this is the case, and need some additional encouragement to inspire them. Studies conducted by the United Nations have revealed that often traditional values around boys being viewed as more capable than girls, still exist in modern society.
Lizzie Harms, a Year 10 student at LSC, is empowering her peers through organising an event to inspire girls in Years 9-12 to shed traditional stereotypes and develop the drive to succeed. This event will help our young women at LSC and surrounding schools to have a voice in society and strive to achieve their full potential.
The acclaimed Melbourne based writer, speaker and feminist thinker, Clementine Ford, will conduct a two hour workshop in Leongatha Memorial Hall in March and 30 female students from Mirboo North S.C, Foster S.C., Korumburra S.C, Wonthaggi S.C and Newhaven College will join LSC students to hear her speak.
Clementine Ford is a regular columnist and contributor for Fairfax’s Daily Life, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Clementine’s work has also appeared in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Girlfriend, CLEO, Sunday Life and The Big Issue and she has been a guest on ABC’s Q and A, Channel Nine Mornings and is a frequent contributor to Channel Ten’s The Project.
Her first book, Fight Like A Girl, was released in late 2016 and has since become a national bestseller and in late 2012, Clementine was voted one of Australia’s most influential female voices by Daily Life readers. In 2013 and 2014, those same readers voted her into Daily Life’s top 20 Women of the Year awards.
Clementine’s number one mission is to speak openly and honestly about the state of the world as we live in it. She hopes to give other women the language and confidence to articulate their own feelings.
Lizzie has enlisted the support of the Victorian Government, South Coast Primary Care Partnership, Bass Coast Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, LLEN Centre Leongatha and the South GIppsland Women Business Network to assist her in the organisation of the event.
A huge congratulations to Lizzie for her ongoing work and commitment to empowering and inspiring the students who surround her.