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What I Choose to Challenge

Kathryn Creasy
Kathryn Creasy
Posted 05.03.2021 in Company News
This week, I was asked to speak on a panel at an event for International Women's Day, and some preliminary questions were provided. Embarrassingly, the question "What does the celebration of International Women’s Day mean to you" gave me pause to consider whether I even actually knew the origins of the day.  

So in case you’re in the same boat, here’s a real quick history lesson! All the details can be found here, but my summary is: 

  • In the early 1900’s, and prior to 1911, there were instances of marches and observation of women’s days in various nations, held in February/March.  
  • The first International Women’s Day is recognised as being held in northern Europe, in 1911, on 19 March. It was marked by rallies campaigning for women’s rights, that were attended by more than 1 million people.  
  • In 1914 the date of 8 March was chosen for International Women’s Day. 
  • In 1975 the United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time, and in 1996 they announced their first annual theme “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future”.  

On the International Women’s Day website, their take on “2021 and beyond” is summarised: 

With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.  

And the 2021 theme? Choose to Challenge.  

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. 

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.  

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.


So what do I choose to challenge this year?  


The superannuation gap 

As is universally acknowledged (if the universe was Australia), women approaching retirement (and let’s face it, at most other stages of their life) have less superannuation than men 

This year, choose to challenge myself to put more money towards MY superannuation (it’s tax-effective, so that is another incentive) and encouraging other women to consider doing the same. 

Financial literacy for women  

I see it too often! Women letting their financial literacy slip, and their husband taking the financial reins.  

This year, I choose to challenge this notion, and commit to addressing it – whether that means extra time educating my clients, or saying yes to an opportunity to speak to other women and girls to boost their financial knowledge, I’m going to do it (get in touch if you need help!).  

Women losing power in their relationships  

So much of the work I do is with women who are going through a divorce and financial separation. Along with the mental toll of a relationship breakdown, they can struggle with negotiations and understanding what will work best for them (financially) in the long run.  

This year, I choose to challenge myself to strengthen my skills and service in this area, to make a meaningful impact for these women, and to build resources they can call on to regain their power.  

Rise up! Celebrate! 

Lastly, it’s so easy for great work, wonderful service, a positive experience or a spark of intelligence to go unnoticed in the busy-ness of our lives.  

This year, I choose to challenge myself to call it out. When I see the achievements and brilliance of women, I will say so, and I will celebrate it.  

Happy International Women’s Day! 

Listen to our podcast with Diane Smith-Gander on women in the workforce.

Kathryn Creasy
Kathryn Creasy
Kathryn Creasy
Within our close-knit team, Kathryn’s ability to uncomplicate the most complex issues for high net worth families is widely respected. She’s also our go-to expert whenever we help women dealing with the financial and emotional minefields of separation and divorce.