Dominic celebrates

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DOMINIC College has celebrated International Women’s Day with almost 200 year five to 10 girls and their mothers, grandmothers, staff members and community representatives eating breakfast together in the College Savio Centre.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said International Women’s Day highlighted the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, focusing on today’s women supporting and encouraging each other for the next generation to progress further.

“We were especially delighted to see recent Old Scholars, now students at Guilford Young College, return to join us for this breakfast,” she said.

“The links to our community are strong and we were thrilled to see so many women, both young and old, come together in the spirit of unity to celebrate this important day.”

The highlight of the morning was the message delivered by guest speaker Dr Joanna Vince, a Dominic College Old Scholar and University of Tasmania senior lecturer in politics and international relations, who shared her inspiring journey that led to a career as a political scientist specialising in ocean governance.

Dr Vince encouraged students to be flexible in their career pathways and ultimately pursue their passion.

She now enjoys a career that has taken her to many parts of the world and provided her with a number of exciting opportunities, including connecting with colleagues in Antarctica.

“The teachers at Dominic College always supported me and encouraged the other young women in my classes to pursue our interests without prejudice,” Dr Vince said.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now without that encouragement.”

Dr Vince discussed gender balance and said only 30 per cent of senior university positions in academia were currently held by women.

She hoped the future would see greater numbers of women attaining senior roles across organisations and reaching equality in positions, salary and opportunities.

Dr Vince gave a positive message encouraging other women to “break beyond the glass ceiling” and have the confidence to choose and thrive in roles that were generally male dominated.

“You are never too young or too old to fight for equality,” Dr Vince said.

“We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements – by building each other up you will make a difference.”

Ms Gilligan said it was a delight to have Dr Vince return to Dominic College and be a role model for the students.

All proceeds from the breakfast will fund scholarships for disadvantaged girls in the Salesian Don Bosco High School in Samoa.

Caption: International Women’s Day speaker Dr Joanna Vince with Dominic year six students Gemma Mustchin, left, and Sally Quinn.

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