Sunday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating all women and their achievements, great and small. Every day, we are surrounded by amazing women. We all know women who inspire us, empower us or support us, and we surely all know many who do all of this without thanks or recognition – or equal opportunity.
Whilst 8 March is a day about celebrating women, importantly, it also represents the opportunity for the world to unite and call for a better, more gender equal society. To date, no country in the world can currently claim true gender equality. Too often, societal systems are not designed to afford women the same opportunities as men, which is why we still don’t see enough women represented in positions of leadership or power and why women are more likely to fall behind economically and socially all around the world.
At Carey, we celebrate International Women’s Day by providing Carey’s inspirational women a platform to share their stories, encouraging our whole community – male, female and gender diverse – to drive gender equality. Our alumni community is made up of countless women who have achieved success across a range of fields. One such example is Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks, who we welcome back to Carey to share her story this International Women’s Day.
As one of Carey’s first girls, Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks graduated from Carey in 1981. After leaving Carey, she went onto study law, becoming a barrister at the Victorian Bar at the age of 24. She was a barrister for 27 years, during which time she served as Convenor of the Women Barristers' Association in 2005 and 2006, and as a member of the Victorian Bar Council. After six years as a Queen's Counsel, in 2016 Her Honour was appointed as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria. She is also a Vice President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks has had a fascinating journey of hard work, dedication and thriving in the face of adversity to build a successful career in law.
We invite members of the Carey community (students Years 5 to 12, parents, staff and alumni) to join us in celebrating International Women’s Day at Carey on the morning of Friday 6 March. A light breakfast will be served before we will have the opportunity to hear Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks’s inspiring story and journey since leaving Carey.
Make sure you book here now so you don’t miss out.
When women’s voices and experiences are heard, it opens the opportunity to champion gender equality, enables real change for women everywhere and makes the world a better place for all.
International Women’s Day Breakfast, Friday 6 March, 7.00am to 8.20am Light breakfast will be served in the Quad, address by Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks to follow in the IWA.
Katie Hunt, Alumni and Community Manager