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.