What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March each year to recognise and honour the achievements of women. Its mission is to create awareness surrounding gender inequality and to advocate for change in areas such as women in STEM, women’s employment opportunities, healthcare for women and women in sport. It is a global celebration that began in 1911 with women across Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland protesting for suffrage, the right to work and the right to hold public office. Today, International Women’s Day is an official public holiday in 27 countries and it is a widely recognised day of celebration globally.
2022 Theme - #BreakTheBias
Each year a theme is chosen to highlight a relevant issue we are facing in the fight for gender equality. This International Women’s Day the theme is #BreakTheBias.The theme focuses on calling out instances of stereotyping and gender bias when we see it. People across the world are striking the IWD 2022 pose to show their solidarity and make a commitment to call out gender bias when they see it.
The Amazing Women at Green Olive at Red Hill
International Women’s Day is not only about forging the path for change, but it’s also about celebrating women’s achievements and the value that women bring to all of our lives. To celebrate International Women’s Day we’d like to acknowledge the incredible women that are at the heart of Green Olive, Sue and Sophie O’Donoghue.
After working as a nurse in remote Aboriginal and mining communities and then working in Risk Management in Melbourne, Sue and her husband Greg, decided to make a sea change to the Mornington Peninsula and purchase the property that is now Green Olive. Their daughter, Sophie, was just a year and a half old at the time. Despite the difficulty of raising young children while trying to start a business, Sue managed to co-create Green Olive and raise two children who have become strong, talented and caring adults.
Sophie works in all areas of the business; at the front of house as a host and barista, and behind the scenes as a sous-chef - whatever is required to keep the business thriving. Hosting and looking after the customers is what she loves most and it’s this aspect of helping customers through great business that has drawn her to pursue a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied) at RMIT.
We are so lucky to have two great female leaders at Green Olive and we hope they will help inspire and teach young girls that women in business can do brilliant things!