Girl Power Friday, 01 Jul 2022

Dare to be Ambitious

The way to change the world, or at least your world, is to dare to be ambitious. Because when you dare to dream big, you challenge the status quo and give yourself the opportunity to pave your own way forward and make a difference. For many young females, embracing ambition is uncomfortable. More so than their male counterparts, females cast doubts in their own minds and feel the pressure to succeed differently. For many, it is not passion nor skill that holds them back, it is the fear of…

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Girl Power Friday, 01 Jul 2022

Tackling gender stereotypes - what is unconscious bias and how can we challenge it?

What is unconscious bias? Conscious bias is becoming more easily recognised in today’s culture and tolerance for conscious discrimination in our community is at an all time low. On the flip side, unconscious bias, in its subtlety, often goes unnoticed. In particular, unconscious gender biases often happen habitually as part of historical societal norms, and can be present in both females and males. As an independent girls school, Toorak College is acutely aware of the gender biases that affect…

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Girl Power Friday, 01 Jul 2022

Fearless and Bold: How Mulan Inspires Generations

Get your popcorn ready, because the recent release of Disney's live action remake of Mulan is well worth watching! The highly anticipated drama and action blockbuster has been commended by critics and viewers for its epic portrayal of Mulan who teaches us to be fearless, persistent and resourceful like her. What's better is you can stream Mulan from the comfort of your home thanks to Disney+. The original animated film has continued to be a hit amongst fans since its debut in 1998,…

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Girl Power Friday, 01 Jul 2022

5 lessons from The Incredibles

Almost 15-years on from the original movie, the 2018 sequel of The Incredibles enlivened theatre screens across the world. Wife, mother, and superhero Helen Parr (Elastigirl) steals the spotlight from her incredibly strong superhero husband Bob and proves to her family that she can save the world herself.1. Females are equally equipped as males to save the world After major feminist campaigns including Times Up and Me Too, the 2018 release of The Incredibles 2 is a fitting storyline for today’s…

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Girl Power Friday, 01 Jul 2022

Why Little Women remains relevant today

Little Women hit the big screens this year in its seventh film adaptation directed by Greta Gerwig. It is a powerful film proving that women can be heroes of their own story, and can be bold, persistent, and self-assured to stand strong in who they are, and what they desire for themselves in their present and future. First published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s renowned novel Little Women is a narrative exploring sisterhood and female endeavour. 2019’s show-stopping cast of award-winning…

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