We sat down with Deb Caruso to talk International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. We sat down with one of our favorite locals, Deb Caruso – Publisher & Editor-In-Chief of IN Noosa Magazine and Hello Sunshine Magazine and found out what this global day means to her.
This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, is there an example in your life where you feel like you have broken the bias of stereotypes and discrimination?
I started working in corporate communications from a very young age so was often given the coffee order at board meetings as it was presumed that would be the only reason a woman would be around the table. When I would later present a strategic report and provide input and critical analysis on the topics of discussion (particularly relating to brand, reputation and relationships), you could see the awkwardness of some of the men who assumed I was there to take minutes and look after their catering. I’ve always felt like I had to work three times as hard as male counterparts to gain respect and have a voice.
What does International Woman’s Day mean to you?
A day to celebrate women and how far we have come for equality as well as raise the awareness or how much further we need to go. It’s also important to celebrate the men in our lives who get that and support us.
Why do you support women’s empowerment and gender equality?
It’s important that future generations of women (and also men) understand that women have a right to be treated equally with regards to respect, pay equality and recognition.
Which women’s ‘cause’ would you like to be challenged and changed first?
Sexual and Domestic Violence. It’s disgusting to think that some men still feel the need to overpower women with violence and control whether at home, in the workplace or in social situations.
How do you think men can contribute more to a gender equal world? (In the home & society)
By sharing the load, showing respect and speaking up when they see inequities happen.
Noosa Civic celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.