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Women worth more than their footwear
It was with great disappointment
and astonishment that we saw
the front cover illustration of the
March issue of RDU. While the
articles contained therein covering
International Women’s Day and
women in Rotary International were
well written and appropriate, the
front cover was anything but.
This is not a good illustration of
women in Rotary. I have been in
Rotary for nearly 20 years and this
illustration is indicative of what?
Is this gender typing women? In
particular, the use of the caption “a
woman’s worth” juxtaposed with
six inch pink stilettoes implies our
gender ’s worth is connected to our
choice of shoes.
“A woman’s worth” is measured
by her life choices – by her career,
by her involvement in community,
by her family. This measurement is
identical to “a man’s worth”, is it not?
This magazine cover is
objectionable in many respects.
Perhaps one potential use is to
illustrate gender discrimination
within the media for my sons’ high
school English curriculum.
In a straw poll of my work place
one comment was “creative and
sexually suggestive, perhaps more
suited to FHM”. Others thought
As a charter member of the Rotary
Club of Sumner Park , Qld, I have
met many wonderful women within
Rotary – club members, District
Governors, Paul Harris Fellows, wives
and partners of Rotarians, youth
exchange committee members,
many youth exchange students and
Group Study Exchange candidates,
Peace Scholars and Ambassadorial
Scholars. Their worth is always
measured in what they do for their
families, their communities and their
Their worth is unquestionable. In
our Australian society women are
seen as equal and our worth is not
measured by our footwear or by the
ability to wear stilettoes.
Rotary Club of Sumner Park , Qld
Best I’ve read
I want to congratulate you on the
best issue I have read since I joined
Rotary four years ago.
Clearly this must help us
women understand that we are
represented in many senior roles
in many clubs across New Zealand
and Australia. We have moved
forward and although we are not
50/50 in most clubs it is also about
the contribution we make to our
community that really matters.
I am aware of clubs where some
members attend dinner each week ,
but do not participate any further. I
am honoured to be President of an
innovative club with 47 very active
members, both men and women, all
making a contribution to make our
world a better place.
Esther C Murray
Rotar y Club of Doncaster, Vic
Having already penned my letter concerning Rotary’s approach of information
reaching the general public, I was interested to read Theo Glockmann’s article
in the February issue of RDU.
Hats off to Rotary for one of the best services it performs in creating
crossroad opportunities for our next generation of leaders.
Had 140 Scouts hit town on a similar excursion to our Youth Science
Forums, the wider community would have been informed through the media.
Rotary does a good job of informing its members, however, that’s is not
the marketplace when considering new membership, which is the lifeblood
and future survival of our organisation. It is obvious we require a grass roots
publicity person with current media contacts and experience, working at
District level. The events and programs initiated by local clubs, Districts and
Rotary International should be for a wider audience than just members.
The public’s knowledge of Rotarians and how they contribute towards
humanity is poorly communicated. Very few of the public know the truth. A
Rotary Park, a dedicated seat at some vantage point, even the local suburban
or country town insignia gives no insight as to this organisation that has the
power to move mountains when the need arises.
It is time to look at ourselves from outside the wheel for selective change. That
is, assistance towards attracting people who want to be part of what we do.
Rotar y Club of Applecross, WA
Look from outside the wheel
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