International Women’s Day – 8 March 2021

#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallege
A focal point in the movement for women’s rights

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day marks a “Call to Action” for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

St Clare’s College gathered, as one, for our annual International Women’s Day Assembly to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women past, present and future. Calling out not only those in the public eye but also focusing a lens on the inspirational women within arm’s length.



“It is often the voice of the woman beside us who has the most impact on our lives
as they challenge us to be the best versions of ourselves, as they inspire us to be more and do more.
Reach out and say thank you. Challenge yourself to let them know that their voice,
their actions mean something to you and to all of us.”
STCC College Principal, Mrs Kerrie McDiarmid



Our very own St Clare’s College Leader of Integrated Learning, Mathematics & STEM Teacher, Ms Nicola Steele appeared as a guest speaker at the #IWD2021 assembly, providing students with an insight into her past and how she challenged herself to succeed. Nicola achieved the highest ATAR possible in Year 12 coming equal first in the state for the four units of maths she studied, before moving to Sydney, from Brisbane to study Aerospace Engineering at UNSW – defying gender stereotypes and embracing diversity each and every day.


It was during the orientation week for university that one of the
Professors who ran the course came and said to me,
“I hope you understand, this is a very difficult degree”
I thought… Are you talking to me?
“Thanks for your concern, but I think I’ll be ok.”
Four years later…  I graduated with first class honours.
STCC College Leader of Integrated Learning, Nicola Steele


Nicola went on to working as an engineer at QANTAS before moving into the corporate world of finance as an investment analyst. Consistently being the only woman in the room motivated her to become a mathematics teacher so that she could encourage more girls to get involved with STEM!

Finally, the staff and students of St Clare’s were asked to submit photos and imagery to showcase the women in their lives that they aspire and look up to CLICK HERE

We can choose to challenge & call out gender bias & inequality.
We can choose to seek out & celebrate women’s achievements.
From challenge comes change, so let’s all #ChooseToChallenge
#IWD2021 #InternationalWomensDay



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