Caryn Walsh

International Women’s Day is a celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women and a time to review how far women have come in their pursuit of peace and equality.

Marvellous things women have invented

  • First Car Heater – Margaret Wilcox (1893)
  • The Fire Escape – Anna Connelly (1887)
  • The Dishwasher – Josephine Cochrane (1887)
  • The Life Raft – Maria Beasely (1882)
  • Architect of solar power – Dr Maria Telkes (1947)
  • The modern electric fridge – Florence Parpart (1900)
  • The first computer programmer – Ada Lovelace (daughter of Lord Byron)
  • The first closed circuit television security – Marie Brown (1969)
  • Bullet proof vests – Dr Stephanie Kwolek

Some of the wonderful things we do

  • Fetch kids
  • Clean, mop, sweep
  • Cook like legends
  • Are patient with our parents, respectful towards our Nan and Pop
  • Nurture, counsel, assist and help
  • Mend broken knees, elbows and hearts
  • Act as the stabilising force in families
  • Make lunches, drop off forgotten school bags and books
  • Book the cat into the vet
  • Do the dentist or doctor or any other run……
  • Drag ourselves into bed at night, wondering why we are so exhausted

Facts about Australian Women

  • Women are at the heart of the small business economy with 668,670 women now running and operating businesses across Australia.
  • Half of all female small business owners with children are solo mumpreneurs, of which 81% work from home.
  • According to recent ABS data, there are now more women than men running businesses in the 33-45-year age bracket.
  • Women own almost half of all home-based businesses
  • Women setting up business from home is the fastest growing sector in the Australian economy.
  • Women make or influence 80% of all purchasing decisions.
  • Women owned businesses have less external debt, are more profitable (and earlier) than those owned by men.

They (we) have a long way to go.

Source: http://www.womensnetwork.com.au/index.cfm

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