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Wise words from mothers and mentors that inspired Australia’s women of influence


“Be a lady and be independent”- Ruth Bader Ginsberg – USA Supreme Court Judge 

“You get out of this world what you put into it – work hard, maintain a positive attitude and contribute to your community”  – Kim Mckay – CEO Australia Museum 

“Don’t be afraid to put up your hand and give it a go -it’s ok if you get it wrong – as long as you learn” – Gladys Berejklian – Premier NSW 

“Never stop fighting for what you believe in

Know your worth – don’t let others determine it  “ – Jane Palfreyman – publisher Allen and Unwin 

“Be Determined and have a sense of Justice” Deborah Cheetham – Aboriginal Australian Soprano 

“Bring your best game”  – Kym Elphinstone – MD Articulate PR

“Take a cardigan – be practical and safe – don’t worry to much how you look “ – Tanya Pilbersek –  Member for Sydney 

“You can succeed at anything – picture your competition getting out of bed in the morning in their PJs”- Carolyn McNally / secretary Dept of Planning and environment 

“Tackle issues with fortitude and integrity “ – Clover Moore – Lord Mayor Sydney City Council

“Your unique beauty is found in your imperfections – grow in our flaws – and our humanity and our empathy in our vulnerabilities” -Monica Barone – CEO – City Of Sydney 

“Stand up straight” – Louise Herron – CEO of Opera House 

“Follow your passion – don’t worry what others think”- Elizabeth Anne Macgregor Director Of Museum Of Contemporary Art (MCA)

“Be confident – don’t self doubt – feel safe 

Just do it – don’t procrastinate” – Ronni Kahn – CEO of Ozharvest

“Be thoughtful , take your time , identify options – the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese” Jenny Allum – head of SCEGGS

“Do what you love – don’t be forced into doing something that does not fit with what your passion is – know your truth”  – Maud Page – Art Gallery Of NSW

“Be economically independent, be brave , ignore the sceptics, work hard and don’t take no for an answer” – Emma Dunch – CEO Sydney Symphony Orchestra 

“Be confident – don’t self doubt – mentor others”- Edwina Throsby – head of Talks and Ideas – Sydney Opera House 

“Live a life beyond what you thought possible – don’t be bound by others rules – make your own decisions – don’t worry what others think”- Leanne Polkinghorn – president of Real Estate Institute  Of NSW 

“Move with the changes – however disconcerting – change is constant – if the rate of change on the outside is greater than the rate of change on the inside – the end is near” – Megan Davis – vice Chancellor UNSW

My all time favourite 

“Travelled to every continent , learned a new language at the age of 70, Waved to road crews , flirted with bus drivers , asked a bikie about their embroidery on their jacket – was indomitable! “ Briony Scott about her Mum who lived her dream 

Posted on March 8, 2019

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