AIM Great Debate 2015: "Today's Women Are Expected To Do It All"Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The AIM (Australian Institute of Management) Great Debate is not just an excuse for a beaut lunch with your co-workers, 600 other women and a smattering of men, but the topics can stir up even the most mild mannered working woman. Debating “Today’s Women are expected to do it all” in 2015 is a bit of a yawn for those of us who know that expectations by others for you will always be irrelevant because we demand so much of ourselves! And that’s the key I reckon to the debate that’s changed from having it all to doing it all. Neither is possible.
So who were the chosen six, brought before an audience of women to debate and entertain, find humour and command respect, for a topic that gets up the nose of any sensible woman. The affirmative team of Gai Brodtmann, Joe Roff and Julie McKay - in her PJ’s ( she decided there wasn’t enough time to slip into something else for the event and she’d had to clean the toilet and sort, wrap and deliver gifts before work) were the winners with a bunch of the obvious thrown into the arena were on a winner with this topic.
The negative with Annette Owttrim, wearing her undies on the outside for her Super Person persona, Kate Carnell striding around the stage in her best polly persona and Amanda Whitley mentioning her husband’s bum making it essential to check it out as he was a supportive lunch guest, couldn’t get a look in with their proposition.
Genevieve Jacobs was the witty and wise MC, giving us a preliminary explanation of her efforts to do it all that came undone and ended in tears. We’ve all been there. And Joe Roth as the lone man knew his place from the get-go and didn’t falter with a sports analogy of one woman’s efforts so heartwarming; but there’s a whole country full of stories of women doing amazing things. We just don’t tell them often enough
Nevertheless we still try to do it all, we’ve learnt we can’t have it all while still not really knowing what ‘all’ is and it’s likely to be debated forever but if its expectations at the core, women have to change them and ditch the guilt onto you know who.