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Internation Women's Day 2019: #BalanceForBetter

Expose Media

To celebrate International Women’s Day at Expose Media HQ, we collected the female talent to discuss what International women’s day means to them. We wanted to understand and ensure the Expose Media, being that the industry we work in is heavily male-dominated, feel that they are empowered in their respective positions within the team.

Here’s what they had to say:

Hannah – Account Manager:

What women do you admire?
There really are so many amazing women out there that I take inspiration from every day, and I can honestly say that I am privileged in that I have many strong, empowered women in my close network. 

One quote that really struck me, was by Maya Angelo, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’  I try to bring this to life everyday by ensuring that know matter who the person is that I am speaking with, I will treat them with respect and bring positivity to the interaction. 

The biggest lessons I have learnt from my female role models is to not apologise for being yourself, to stand up for yourself and the people close to you, and to not let your dreams be pushed aside by people with bigger egos than your own.  We all deserve to have the life we dream, whether that be amazing career, a lovely home life… whatever it is that calls to you, go and do that!                                         

How does expose media exhibit equality?
Expose media celebrates diversity, not just among the genders, but among all our individual differences.  We really strive to be a place where creativity and collaboration are at the forefront of our office culture, so ensuring everyone can be heard and feels comfortable to speak up and express their opinions and thoughts is a massive part of that.

What does balance for better mean to you?
It’s about ensuring balance and equal rights in the work place.  I think it’s a conversation to be had for both Men and Women to ensure that we all acknowledge our individual strengths, feel confident in our abilities and knowledge, stand up for one another, and pursue our careers without feeling held back because of our gender.  I believe a big part of that needs to come from our leaders (both men and women) and also from within ourselves, with our self-confidence and unabashed believe that each one of us is worthy of achieving our goals.

 

Taylor – Graphics and Copywriting

What women do you admire?
All women! Professionally, I really look up to Jessica Walsh, a NY designer who creates powerful, unapologetic images about being a big ol’ mess of feelings with no shame - honestly the height of femme power in my books. 

How does expose media exhibit equality?
Everyone’s treated with the same respect (or rather - roasted equally), regardless of gender. Also, our bosses are killing it on keeping the workplace balanced so it’s almost a fifty/fifty split and I’m grateful to have such powerful women to learn from in my workplace.

What does balance for better mean to you?
For me, a crucial aspect of balance is who’s in on the conversation. Feminism shouldn’t just be for women. Leaving men out of the discussion creates a divide and perpetuates the “man-hating angry feminist” stereotype. I’m working on achieving balance by inviting men to join us at the table and dream with us on how we can fight the narratives that no longer serve us, regardless of gender.

Georgia – Digital Marketer

What women do you admire?
My mum. I know that’s a bit cliche but she honestly is the most hard-working and inspiring woman I know despite all the adversities life has thrown at her. I love Zoe Foster Blake - how savvy she is as a business woman, her humour, the lot. Roxy Jacenko is another woman whose work ethic and professional success I look up to. In a general sense, I admire all women who are unapologetically themselves and build other women up despite often being conditioned to do the opposite.

How does expose media exhibit equality?
There’s a great balance between the amount of men and women in the office, which isn’t always the norm. Everyone’s achievements are celebrated equally and I’ve never felt like I can’t contribute or share my ideas because of my gender.

What does balance for better mean to you?
These days so many people discount themselves from being feminist because they don’t understand what it means. For me, balance for better perfectly highlights what feminism is at its core. If more people understood feminism as striving for balance between men and women for the benefit of us all, rather than fighting against it, the world would be a much better place.

Danica – Media Manager

What women do you admire?
Jane Goodall, the primatologist and conservationist. At the age of 26 she left England and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees with nothing but a notebook and binoculars. That was over 60 years ago and she has now redefined species conservation to include not only the animals but the needs of local people and the environment.

And of course, my mum who managed to raise three crazy young kinds while completing her Bachelor and Masters in Psychology all while living in a foreign country!

How does expose media exhibit equality?
In the past 5 years that I have worked here, there has never once been a time where I have felt that a male has ever been favoured for any kind of opportunity over females. I think we are extremely lucky that Phil and Hugh have created such an open and safe workplace, where everyone is treated equally and all our differences (not just our genders) are welcomed and accepted.

What does balance for better mean to you?
For me, it’s finding that balance between empowering women but not putting down men in the process. It’s ensuring that men and women both have equal opportunities across the board and never feeling like you shouldn’t pursue your dreams purely because of your gender.