Celebrating women

WOMEN: Local Bernadette Abraham speaks at the breakfast.
WOMEN: Local Bernadette Abraham speaks at the breakfast.

Women from all walks of life came together for a special breakfast held at the Whyalla Foreshore Motor-Inn this morning to mark International Women’s Day.

Whyalla City Council Director City Growth Kristina Roberts was the guest speaker at the event, which attracted a strong number of women from different industries and trades.

Ms Roberts spoke about the challenges women had previuosly faced to get into different areas of the workforce such as heavy industry.

Foreshore Motor-Inn Owner Barbara Derham said in the past women were pigeonholed into working as a secretary, teacher or nurse 

“Back then there was no way you could be an architect or anything like that,” she said.

Ms Derham said she was delighted to see a room full of women both young and old celebrating International Women’s Day in Whyalla.

“It was tough when I was the Chair of Choice Flag Hotels International. They gave me a go for six months, and I ended up staying nine years,” she said.

“You had to prove yourself, it was that much harder as a woman to prove yourself. I’m not a feminist, I still do like having the door opened and getting flowers.

Mayor Lyn Breuer also attended the breakfast, saying she enjoyed celebrating women’s independence.

“It’s great to celebrate our achievements over the past 50-odd years, we still have a long way to go,” she said.

“Women still have to prove themselves in the workplace before they can be recognised. But it is much easier now than it was all those years ago.

“The young women nowadays have a whole new future ahead of them and will hopefully achieve that equality in the workplace.”

Ms Breuer said it was important to have a day where women’s role in the community is recognised.