The annual International Women’s Day celebrations were a little different this year with Forbes Shire Council partnering with the Forbes Business Chamber to hold a Cocktail Night instead of a breakfast, as they have done in previous years.
“We were joined by over 120 local women to celebrate this amazing event,” said Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM.
“It was held at the renovated Masonic Lodge, which was so perfect for an event celebrating women!”
“Local musician, Georgia Sideris performed while finger food, drinks and cock-tails flowed throughout the night. We paused to listen to five of our Legendary Local ladies speak about their achievements and challenges of being a woman in the 21st century.”
“Our Legendary ladies included; Scarlett Garland, Leigh Bartholomew, Meg Staples, Amy Shine and Codie Smith. They all spoke so well and were very inspiring. We have so many talented and dedicated females in Forbes it is lovely to see them celebrated in this way.”
“Given the recent events it is important women stand together to get noticed and listened to. There is a real push for women to be a part of the conversation and we are very fortunate here in Forbes to have three women, there was 4, sitting around the table at Council making decisions for our community.”
This year Council was supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Orange with their fundraising efforts. The Council will be holding another charity event on the 25th March with a High Tea in Lions Park.
Tickets are available through www.123tix.com.au/events/16085/ronald-mcdonald-house-high-tea.
International Women’s Day for most of the 20th century was celebrated at a grass roots level and a rallying point for social justice. In 1975, the UN adopted International Women’s Year and confirmed March 8 as International Women’s Day.