Celebrating our community for International Women’s Day

Dr Sarah McNab was recently appointed Director of General Medicine at the RCH. She is the first woman to hold the role in RCH’s 150 year history.

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) values diversity and inclusion in all facets, so for International Women’s Day we celebrated five women who contribute to our community in different ways. We asked them what International Women’s Day means to them and who has inspired them:

Dr Sarah McNab was recently appointed Director of General Medicine at the RCH. She is the first woman to hold the role in RCH’s 150 year history.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To me International Women’s Day means striving towards a more inclusive world. On International Women’s Day we focus on gender, but we should recognise lack of equality exists in so many domains: including race, religion, disability, sexuality. It is about acknowledging that diversity, in all facets, is a strength, not a weakness.

On International Women’s Day, we should consider what we all can do – women and men – as individuals or in collaboration to make change.  It reminds us that we all need to use our voices to empower others. [read full article here]

Kate is a mother and the Chair of the Parents Advisory Group for the RCH Children’s Cancer Centre.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day for me is about recognition and gratitude for the women that have come before me in changing the world but also in reflecting on where we are and just how much work we still need to do to achieve true equality.

Which women are you inspired by?

Where to start! At the moment I am loving Jacinda Ardern who is living proof that a career and motherhood are not mutually exclusive! I have been reading a lot of Roxane Gay’s work and she inspires me by making me think about the world differently and I am still in awe at the work of Tarana Burke in bringing the #MeToo movement into the light.

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Bec was a heart transplant patient at RCH in the 90s and now works with our patients transitioning to adult services.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

“International Women’s Day is a time where we get to come together collectively to celebrate and acknowledge all the incredible women in our lives. It is important to recognise the women who continue to make outstanding contributions, these contributions take form in a multitude of ways, big and small, which all benefit our greater community and this is why it is significant to celebrate all woman in our community.” [Read full article here]

Jaymee has cystic fibrosis and has been a patient with RCH for most of her life.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day is a day were we can be proud of how far we have come as a society, acknowledging those who have fought hard to make change and path our future. As well as recognising the future generations and how much more we can achieve. [Read full article here]

Dianne from Main Street Reception is a volunteer who is known to many as the RCH ‘Fairy Godmother’

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

On International Women’s Day, I will give thanks to all the women who fought for us to have the same rights as men so we may have equal opportunities.

Which women are you inspired by?

The women whom inspire me and I admire are:

Joan of Arc for her bravery, quote “I am not afraid I was born to do this.”

Madam Curie for her inquisitive mind, quote “Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to be understood.”

Anne Frank for her compassion, quote “Despite everything I believe people are really good at heart.”

Frida Kahlo for her strength, quote “I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.” [Read full article here]

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