Changing the way women think and talk about each
CHANGING the way women think and talk about each other and becoming a more supportive society seems like a mighty task in today's world of judgement, competitiveness and emphasis on the superficial.
But armed with a passion and commitment that shines through when you talk to them, Suzy Miller and Tiffany Doman are sowing the seeds to do just that with their new project She Story, which launches, appropriately, on International Women's Day.
"It's about bringing women together, breaking down barriers and embracing each other, rather than tearing each other down," Suzy said.
"Everyone's got a story to tell, and a story that will inspire someone else. It's not just about younger women, business women or successful women, it's about everyone."
She Story will launch with a breakfast at Mingara Recreation Club on March 8, and Suzy said she had received a booking that day from four residents of a retirement village who said they agreed there was a real need for She Story's positive message.
"I know we can learn a lot from older people's lives and experiences, and they can learn a lot from our younger people as well," said Suzy, who has a background in youth programs as well as corporate leadership.
In fact, it was through a Youth Frontiers program that Suzy and Tiffany met, found themselves to be kindred spirits, and from October went to work on She Story.
Suzy admits it's been a 24/7 commitment over the past few months, but says "that's easy when it's something you're really passionate about".
And the pair have attracted some big names to the cause, with country music star Gina Jeffreys, Paralympian and Sport Matters charity founder Liesl Tesch, and NSW Law Society president and founder of the Central Coast's 5 Lands Walk cultural campaign Pauline Wright all guest speakers at the breakfast.
But there is more to the event than just listening to inspiring presenters. Suzy and Tiffany are keen for attendees to mingle and get to know each other, with contacts to continue long after the event through social media. They hope to run up to three events each year, and for men to become involved in championing the women in their lives as well.
"We are making little judgements about people every day. We don't even think about it. So it's about each individual making a decision to change our negative behaviour and our way of thinking, dropping our guard, not seeing each other as threats and instead being open to each other," Suzy said.
And if you have an old or new bra, or a few extra dollars, you are encouraged to bring that along to the breakfast as well to support the Uplift Project, helping women in poor communities around the world.
SHE STORY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY BREAKFAST
When: Wednesday, March 8, 7.45am to 11am.
Where: Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi.
Guests: Gina Jeffreys, Liesl Tesch AM and Pauline Wright.
Tickets: $65 includes breakfast, entertainment and prize draw.
More info: Go to www.shestory.com.au