Scaffidi airs frustrations

Women's liberation was the undertone at an awards breakfast for women in WA resources this morning with Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi using the event to make public her feelings toward the media and the challenges women face in leadership.


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Beldon, WA
"Ms Scaffidi said she feels many Western Australian's only want a female Lord Mayor for ribbon cutting and parades and if that is the case, the role may not be for her." Ms Scaffidi - please remember that 1/2 of the people you are representing as Lord Mayor are female. Also remember, many of those are stay at home parents, many will not express their opinions publicly (or even have the opportunity to do so), however, most of them are cheering on the inside that we have a strong, professional woman at the helm in the City of Perth. Don't give up!! We deal with a double edged sword as women - we tend to be critical and disparaging of successful women, yet many of us also crave to be successful women. Perhaps this is because the opportunities are scant, so we are jealous?? Or perhaps it's because we've been in the senior business arena for such a short time, we haven't yet learned how to graciously accept the successes of our fellow women. I, for one, salute you, Ms Scaffidi, for your success, and hope to see you in the public arena for a long time to come, "representing WA as one of the world's premier resource industries", and also at the odd ribbon-cutting ceremony!

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