On 8th March 2020, we celebrated International Women’s Day by sharing stories of some of the amazing women in Scouting.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year was #EachforEqual. This emphasises that we are each responsible as individuals for contributing to equality.
We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
Women have a long history of leadership within Scouting, and currently make up approximately 42 per cent of adult Leaders within the Movement nationwide. While Scouting originally started as just for boys, girls were admitted to Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts in 1973, and to Cub Scouts and Scouts in 1988. They have also been in Joey Scouts since it commenced in 1990.
Many of the women profiled on 8th March were introduced to Scouting through men in their lives – their fathers, brothers, sons and grandfathers. But once they were involved, they have never looked back. Julia Millar, Deputy Commissioner Youth Program shares “Scouting has absolutely changed my life. It is through being a member of Scouts that I have met some incredible, passionate and inspirational mentors and people who have shaped me to be the person I am today.”
Scouts Australia is proud of the contribution of women to Scouting, and continues to work towards strengthening gender equality across the Movement. Anthea Cudworth, State Commissioner New South Wales, emphasises in her story why this is so important: “Because wherever you are, when men and women work side by side, with respect, and towards a common goal, they achieve the greatest outcomes.”
To see all the stories of women in Scouting that were shared on 8th March visit our website.