In a show of solidarity and sending a message via the twittersphere to demonstrate that these guests for the address to the National Press Club by Elizabeth Broderick, the outgoing Sex Discrimination Commissioner, were supportive of the Al Jazeera journalists now again in prison in asking that the President of Egypt pardon and free them, held up their signs to the cameras and the television, at the start of the day's broadcast. The power of social media used for all the right reasons, and then on to the business of the day
“Gender equality is a birthright, why would you settle for anything less?” Among so many other aspects of the tenure of Elizabeth Broderick as Sex Discrimination Commissioner, this is the statement that should be ‘writ large’ on the gospel according to Broderick, delivered with her intelligent grasp of the issues and ‘Deneuve’ cool style to an audience of supporters, admirers and lots of family at the National Press Club as she prepared to step down from a role she performed admirably.
Significant in her efforts was the establishment of her Champions of Change group of blokes- suit and tie blokes- the captains of industry who have an opportunity to make change in their many and varied companies, government departments and organisations, where the damning statistics of under representation in their upper echelons, wage, age and gender based discrimination is tangible.
This kind of change is the legacy of Elizabeth Broderick that will have an impact, accepting that change comes from working together, recognizing that gender equality is everyone’s birthright and getting on with making it the norm.
Much of her speech was about the people and their stories that brought a reality to gender issues, not just in the Defence Force where her impact has been the progenitor of change, but at the grass roots level in shelters, in the bush, in boardrooms and internationally.
Her message is to persist, to do what you can when you can and more importantly don’t be limited by your own experience.
Who will replace her? And when will we know? Procrastination is not an option now that the momentum has begun.