International Women’s Day

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Ella Simpson by Jennie Groom © 2017

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that has been gaining more and more traction since 1975 when during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March the 8th.

The history of women’s groups, marches, protests, honouring and celebrating goes back to the 1800’s and one group that was significant back then and still to this day is the YWCA.  South Australia’s YWCA was founded in 1880.

This week the YWCA are launching a mural in Adelaide’s James Place painted by local artist Ella Simpson.

The vibrant laneway mural is designed to spark a conversation about women’s safety, gender equality and bystander intervention. The aim is to keep people thinking and talking about their role in contributing to safe public spaces for women.

YWCA Adelaide developed the Rise Above the Pack campaign in 2014 in response to Adelaide women avoiding the CBD because of safety issues.

Rise Above the Pack aims to engage men and women in a meaningful conversation about street harassment, gender equality and the role that we all play in calling out behaviours and attitudes that put women at risk of violence.

If you would like to help fund this campaign and mural, there are a few days left, so visit…..https://chuffed.org/project/rise-above-the-pack

Ella Simpson

YWCA Adelaide

Rise Above the Pack

 

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Mural by Ella Simpson for the YWCA ‘Rise Above the Pack’ campaign.

 

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Paula Nagel AM ~ Elegance in Education

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

If Paula Nagel looks or sounds familiar to you, it’s because she has been deeply involved with journalism and eduction in Adelaide as well as interstate for many years.  Her first public exposure was on ABC Television’s current affairs program “This Day Tonight” as the first female reporter in 1967.

Paula stayed with the ABC for 21 years fulfilling a number of different roles, in particular producing education and arts programs.  Every so often you can hear her on Adelaide ABC radio with Peter Goers.

Life after the ABC saw her being head-hunted for many executive roles and Boards. Ironically for a time she had her own headhunting company, NBC Resources specialising in and Board appointments.  Paula has been involved with more than 15 Boards and Committees and is still active with many including the University of South Australia and recently became the first non-Muslim, on the Board of the Islamic College of South Australia.

I first met Paula in 2004 when she was Chairman of Eduction Adelaide and thus started a long tradition of my photographing this elegant silver haired lady who stands out from across the room at many and varied events, including when she was awarded the “Woman of Distinction in Education” in 2006 at the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council.  This is my all time favourite photograph here of Paula Nagel!

Now, in her later years, Paula is embarking on a new education in elegance and make-up aimed at 60+ women, stay tuned for further developments!