The colour purple

The Monaro Branch celebrated International Women’s Day with a well attended dinner where members were invited to share their story.

Branch president Margot Firth explained why the colour scheme of purple, white and green was adopted in 1908 to symbolise the plight of suffragettes.

She said that purple symbolised justice and dignity, white purity and green hope.

IEU Organiser Lyn Caton outlined the challenges for gender equity. Key issues identified for 2015 include balancing work and family, career planning, employment security, closing the pay gap and financial planning.

Guest speaker Myriam Chrystal from NGS encouraged those present to use the expertise of a financial planner. The resounding message for members was “a man isn’t a financial plan”.

Berna Simpson
IEU Organiser