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An Evening with: Women in Media wrap-up

Last night the Immigration Museum played host to an evening of room-trembling prowess. The panel included Australia’s top female players, with a well-documented history totaling decades of experience in the media sphere. Hosted by Fashion Editor of The Australian Glyns Traill-Nash, an industry front-runner in her own right, the forum tackled issues of gender equality, paid maternity leave and sexual harassment. Not forgetting to mention invaluable gems of knowledge to forge your own way into the world of media.

On the current media landscape:

“It’s such an exciting and ever-changing industry. I can’t sit still.”- Kellie Hush, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

“Digital media– it’s been a journey to acceptance. We’ve arrived.”- Alison Rice, Group Publisher, Allure Media / Who What Wear

“Being able to have news updates at our fingertips is great, but I do feel for some of our younger journalists that are not getting out on the streets, meeting people and finding stories.”- Melissa Hoyer, Editor-at-Large, vogue.com.au, news.com.au, GQ, and Seven News Commentator

 

On media in the past:

“I was a little fish in a very big pond who wore pretty dresses.”- Kellie Hush, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

“It was a numbers game. There were so few positions that women were fighting for a spot.”- Jackie Frank, General Manager, Pacific Magazines

“If I take you back to ’72 when Cleo was launched, there was no maternity leave, no women in the Senate, no Family Court. If a woman was pregnant, she was usually fired. I was one of the highest paid women in media at the time, but I couldn’t get a bank loan.”- Ita Buttrose, Co Host Studio 10, Priceline Sister

 

On your dream job:

“Who knows what the absolute nirvana is of your working world? I don’t think you’ll ever know what the penultimate role is for you.”- Melissa Hoyer, Editor-at-Large, vogue.com.au, news.com.au, GQ, and Seven News Commentator

“Working in fashion. I can wear it. I can write about it. I can dream about it.”- Kellie Hush, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

 

On asking for a pay rise:

“Pay rise- you just have to ask. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. No one’s going to fire you for asking.”- Jackie Frank, General Manager, Pacific Magazines

On tackling sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace:

“There’s not enough women in administration.”- Ita Buttrose, Co Host Studio 10, Priceline Sister

“I’ve got a strict no bitching policy.”- Alison Rice, Group Publisher, Allure Media / Who What Wear

 

On landing that job:

“I’ve always believed in myself. It’s a crucial lesson we must teach girls.”- Ita Buttrose, Co Host Studio 10, Priceline Sister

“I think it’s important to have mentors. Seek mentors out yourself. I’ve had both men and women, outside the industry.”- Kellie Hush, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar

“Follow your passion, not your paypacket.”- Jackie Frank, General Manager, Pacific Magazines

 

An Evening with: Women in Media is Presented by AMP Capital Shopping Centres and Deloitte.

Written by Anastasia McInerney

 

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