If we want gender balance its time to reframe the debate

“Ask a roomful of men what the most significant event of the twentieth century was, and you’ll hear about man’s magnificent first steps on the moon.

Ask a roomful of women, and you’ll hear it’s the invention of the pill.

History is inevitably shaped by the language and lens through which it’s seen. – SO IS YOUR FUTURE ” Avivah  Wittenberg-Cox

My journey over the last 20 years has been interesting and a great reminder of how we are all shaped by the environment we find ourselves in

Almost 20 years ago I saw a burning need to find innovative ways to inspire pride in Australian farmers and ensure all the people that help feed and clothe us felt valued

That journey seemed to resonate with young people. Having in a past life seen young people I work with lives torn apart by a series of violent armed holdups I thought deeply about how we could build resilience in our young people

This led to the Young Farming Champions program. As it so happened it was mainly young women who saw value in a commitment to lifelong learning, the importance of being critical and creative thinkers, confident communicators and collaborators.

This has seen me reach the third stage in my 20 year journey where I have been identified as a champion of  the advancement of women and girls. I personally believe they are championing themselves. I see my role as the connector providing a space where we can all come together to dream big, reframe the debate, experiment, collect data and signpost ways women and girls can realise their full potential and achieve their aspirations. And ultimately a gender balanced world where everyone has the opportunity to  thrive

Shoutout to Avivah Wittenberg-Cox for reframing the debate away from the “Them and Us” to “Shared Responsibility” and inspiring our graphics

Watch this space to learn more about

and a bit of light hearted relief from the National Museum


Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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