From its earliest days, the College has a strong history of standing for female empowerment and pushing for gender equity, through a range of initiatives to create opportunities not only for Pymble students, but for women in society at large. 

Principal Dr Kate Hadwen says the work of UN Women Australia is in confluence with College’s ongoing commitment to supporting all women, whether they are current students, ex-students or women in the wider community. 

The work of UN Women Australia is vital to shaping a safe, just and equal future for women in this country and around the world

“We are aligned in our desire to reach a point in time where women no longer need to fight for safety, equality or basic human rights. It is fitting that we announce this collaboration on International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the endeavours of all courageous and magnificent women, past and present.” 

UN Women Australia Executive Director, Janelle Weissman, said: “This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Women in Leadership. We are delighted Pymble Ladies’ College is supporting our events to shine a light on the vital role women play in every aspect of social, economic and political life, leading change and advancing equality. This collaboration facilitates grassroots connections to help create the change we want to see in the world.” 

Pymble girls have organised a series of events for their colleagues and staff to participate in to raise money for UN Women Australia. 

Year 12 student and Pymble Learning Framework Prefect, Charlotte Armstrong, said:

In order for us to advance as a society, we all need to support each other whether we are male or female or whether it is within our local or global community.

The girls are driving events and fundraising for the week to benefit UN Women Australia. 

“We have a multitude of activities planned: a baking workshop, a bake sale throughout the week and on Friday, there will be musical performances, a guest panel hosted by Dr Hadwen, a picnic competition, a cookie and ribbon sale, Zooper Doopers, photo booths and exclusive high tea with special guests and Pymble girls and more!” 

Our girls’ determination to make a difference for girls and women worldwide, and close the gender equality gap, is in direct correlation with Pymble’s new positioning strategy, ‘Watch Us Change the World’. 

The campaign features a host of Pymble alumni who have gone on to break through the glass ceiling, both in the workplace and the community. 

During the International Women’s Day events at the College this week, students will have the opportunity to pay homage to the inspiring stories of key alumni who continue to lead the way in their professions and their communities, and are passionate about shaping a more equal future for girls and women.