International Women’s Day 2019

Written by Lana Weal on the 8th of March, 2019

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Today, Friday March 8th  2019, is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2019 is Balance for Better:

“Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”

At SheStarts, we’re working to empower women to apply their knowledge and skills to technology, so that they can make a global impact and solve some of society’s biggest problems.

We’ve collected four pieces of inspiration from our alumni of female founders around this year’s theme of Balance for Better.

Set aside some time to be motivated by our founder’s stories, and learn more about the key steps and mindset shifts they needed to take big action to change huge problems.

Read more below to find out how these women stepped into leadership roles to become founders of tech startups.

Dr Carla Harris – Longevity App

Carla created her startup to change the way women save for retirement. Here Carla outlines three highlights and lowlights for women from 2018.

“March 8 each year represents a time to stop and consider what we have achieved to make the world a fairer place for all genders, and then use these achievements to spur us on to push through the many other things we have left to do in future years.”

Carla: A review of the year for Australian women.

Lily Dempster – The Neighbourhood Effect

Read more about how tech can help solve society’s problems that impact some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

“The SheStarts program is living proof of the social good that can be created when women are empowered to use technology to solve the problems that affect them.”

Lily: Improving diversity in tech to drive social change.

Zoë Condliffe – She’s A Crowd

Zoë is using storytelling data to make cities safer for women. Hear more about Zoë’s story where she dives into the power of storytelling, vulnerability and resilience.

“I had no tech skills, I didn’t understand startups, and my company is doing something no one has ever done before.”

Zoë: I started a company from my van, and now it’s in a documentary.

Danielle Owen Whitford – Pioneera

Danielle is a powerhouse and is working to prevent workplace stress. Here Danielle is all about Balance for Better by exploring how to focus on ‘balance’ rather than ‘work-life balance’.

“You are entitled to be happy and balanced and enjoy your life – otherwise what are you here for?”

Danielle: So what is this work-life balance?



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