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Enjoy Breakfast & Dinner to celebrate Women's achievements
There's no doubt that women have come a long way in the last 150 years. International Women's Day is on the 8th March each year and events are held across the world to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women in the past, present and future as well as to highlight areas that still need attention.

It's easy to think that women's lives have always been much the same but when you consider some milestone events over the last 150 years it becomes clear that this isn't the case.

Did you know that in 1891 there was only one woman, Dr Lilian Cooper practising medicine in Queensland?

Or that in 1929 Queensland's first female parliamentarian was elected?

In 1950 the female rate of pay was set at 75% of male pay in the Commonwealth Basic Wage Case.

It wasn't until 1955 that a woman was awarded a degree in civil engineering and until 1966 that the first woman in Queensland was admitted as a practising barrister.

International Women's Day 2015
Image courtesy of Qld govt

This year's theme is 'Make it Happen' and there will be events across the state as part of the celebrations. There are a wide range of events by various organisations and this certainly emphasises to me how many groups are working towards improving the lives of women.

Highlights in Brisbane for me include:

The 2015 Qld Trucking Association IWD Breakfast emphasising the contribution women make to the trucking and logistics industry.
Date: 4th March
Time: 7-9.30 am
Cost: tba
Venue: East League's Club, Coorparoo.

International Women's Day Dinner hosted by The Trading Circle, a not for profit store that aims. "empower women and girls in developing nations to trade out of poverty through skills training."
Date: 4th March
Time: 6.30-10pm
Cost: $50
Venue: Bronco's Leagues Club, Red Hill

Art Workshop by Logan Women's Health and Wellbeing Centre
Date:11th March
Cost: free
Venue: Logan central Library

International women's day 2015
Image courtesy of the Qld Govt website

Other organisations' holding events include:

CEO Enterprises "Black Bold and Beautiful Indigenous Women's Luncheon"

Pacifika Women's Alliance (PWA) International Women's Day Celebration

Soroptimist International's dinner with guest speaker, Prabha Nandagopal, currently advisor to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on immigration, detention and asylum seeker policy.

Children's Safety Australia's IWD Children's Safety Luncheon

UQ Union International Women's Day Breakfast

Australian Solidarity with Latin America's IWD Celebration

International Women's Day 2015
IWD ribbon ( image courtesy of the Qld govt website)

This is just a small sample of what's on offer in Brisbane. There are also events in Logan City, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Caloundra, Mackay, Warwick, Cairns, Pomona, Rockhampton, Longfeach, Childers, Gladstone. For more details about other events see the Queensland Government website here.
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