Today is International Women's Day, and we're all over that! I know there are a hundred things we could post today, lists of events, our favourite historic heroines, inspiring quotes... but we're gonna keep it a little closer to home.
Zoe is one of the leading ladies in our little Teacup family, she's the one the rest of us aspire to be like honestly. She's a girls girl, she gets it, that is, she gets how to lead and how to raise people. She works damn hard and inspires us to be the best we can be, so I figured, she'd most likely have a few pearls of wisdom worth sharing, and it'd be selfish of me to keep them all to myself. I wasn't wrong. I asked Zoe a couple of questions about... well I guess being a woman and the work/life balance we're all trying to figure out.. Here's what she has to share...
What changes do you want to see for women this year?
There are so many things I’d like to see change. I cannot believe in 2017 Women are still having to justify their choices, I cannot believe that Men feel they are qualified to make decisions for us, about us.
I would really like to see a change in the way Women are represented in the press. Magazines (yes I do buy the occasional one) really wind me up.
Women are either too big, too small, too pretty, not pretty enough, too successful not successful enough - who measures this crap? Have a family, work full time = you are a bad mum ! Have a family, stay at home = drain on the economy!
Your damned if you do & damned if you don’t. Women cannot win on so many levels.
It hurts me that in some cultures & countries Women are seen as second class citizens & have little or no rights, if anything changed in my day to day I’d consider politics & put myself right in the centre of all this rubbish (in my head I am actually using very different language as rubbish simply isn’t a strong enough)
What kind of woman are you/do you want to be?
It’s always difficult to describe who you are so I did cheat a little & get a second opinion. I’d normally start with a negative because it comes more naturally but here goes. I am strong, resilient, dependable, driven & extremely funny :) even if I do say so myself !
I am loyal, passionate about EVERYTHING & dynamic. My mum says I am a warrior princess. I’ll take that.
I am pretty loud & love to be the centre of attention. Where there is a party I will be in the middle of it even if it’s nothing to do with me. I am not ashamed to be heard.
I think on first impressions I can come across as aggressive but I’m not, I am kind & I care very deeply for those close to me & my employees. I want everyone to be ok all the time & if they aren’t I want to find a solution for that. I am a carer, it’s in my nature to nurture, encourage, support & lead. I want my fellow gals to know I am there for them.
I am forty this year & there have been moments of panic when my mind has run away with itself saying I should have achieved more, I am not where I wanted to be, I haven’t met the stupid & unrealistic targets I set myself in my twenty’s BUT the reality is I have never been happier than the age I am now & the woman I have grown into. I cannot wait to embrace 40.
I am successful in my career, I love my job, the challenges I face & the pleasure I feel in getting stuff done. I have a wonderful teenage Daughter who is in her own right a force & I hope that I remain a positive role model to her as she is to me.
At this moment in my life I wouldn’t change a thing, you can over analyse until you are blue in the face but sometimes things just are. I just am.
What is important to you?
Choice, Integrity, Love, Laughter, a large glass of shiraz & a bloody good eye cream ! My family & friends of course. I want to be the best I can be for them & of course myself.I want to be a good Daughter, a good Sister & a good Mother. It is important to me that I live my life by my rules & that I make no apology for that.
What do you want other women to see?
I am not sure what this means, what other Women see in me ? Or what I want Women to see in general ? If it’s the latter I would want Women to see that anything is possible, you can have it all & never give up!
Who inspires you?
My Gran, my Mum, my Sisters, my Daughter, my female friends. I am blessed to have fantastic role models. Women I learn from everyday, Women I am able to share with everyday, Women whom I love with every fibre of me & who love me unconditionally back & make me feel that anything is possible. I get a lot of strength from the women in my life.
I am also incredibly lucky to work with fantastic women (& of course Men but today is not about them :)) My job allows me to meet amazing inspirational people that I may never have been lucky enough to cross paths with had it not been for the industry I work in.
My female work force make me extremely proud with what they achieve with their lives & being able to watch them grow is something I don’t take for granted. I meet inspirational female customers everyday & get to work with outside organisations fronted by power house females some of whom have become firm friends.
Any other thoughts?
Happy International Women’s Day!