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International Women's Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

International Women's Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge
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In conjunction with the International Women's Day Movement in 2021, we gathered all the wonderful women who work hard behind the scenes at the House of SKYE and ask about their role at the fashion house, celebrating women and their hope for a better future. 

Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself? 

Helen: My name is Helen and I am the admin support at House of S K Y E, I help Tash with invoicing customers and stockists, reconciling bank accounts each month, returns, filing, posting out orders – really any admin jobs that need doing are passed to me, no day is the same and is always super busy! I love working with House of SKYE, you get pulled into pretty much most areas of the business which keeps things interesting!

Desiree: Hi! I’m Desiree and I am the Marketing Coordinator at the House of S K Y E. So, my main responsibilities is being in charge of the content we create on our blogs and social media, sending our fortnightly newsletters to our customers, creating the look books that we send out to stockists, and looking after our Shopify website.

Tash: Hi, my name is Natasha (Tash) and the owner and designer of the House of S K Y E, I started the label 6 years ago and looking to ways to help grow the label and ensure that our customers receive value for money and hope that customer see and feel my passion behind the label.

Chris: Hi, my name is Chris and I’ve started the label as I wanted to bring from WA an affordable Fashion and Lifestyle brand that everyone could love and enjoying wearing. The label started as just fashion and from there now we have Accessories, leather, and homewares.

Why did you choose to do what you do at the House of SKYE?

H: I initially started with the House of SKYE helping out when there was a huge delivery to sort, pack and send out.  We had recently emigrated to Australia and I was helping Tash on a very casual basis.  The role has grown with me really and as the months went by I took on more of an office role. I am so grateful to Tash for taking me on and keeping me in the business, it was a total learning curve initially but brilliant for getting the brain working!

D: I had just come out of university and was looking for a job that had something to do with my degree. My main major was Communications and Media Studies which is quite broad, come to think of it. Tash put out a job advert on Facebook wanting someone who knew their way around the Adobe Suite as they had trouble with InDesign. So I got into contact with her and here I am a year later!

T: I started the label as I wanted to bring from WA an affordable Fashion and Lifestyle brand that everyone could love and enjoying wearing. The label started as just fashion and from there now we have Accessories, leather, and homewares.

Do you have a female role model that you look up to? Who is it and why?

H: I don’t really have any female role model as such. I admire strong independent women in general, juggling a multitude of things, wearing many different hats throughout the day, being a Mum and working is a lot of hard work and takes guts and determination!  As a good friend once said to me, if you want something done, ask a busy person, those busy people are the people I admire!

D: Tough one! It’s a toss-up between Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai. Both are very strong, very intelligent and great leaders in their own way who have made a great impact on the world today. I would say I want to have the great leadership of Michelle and the empathy and kindness Malala has.

T: My Mum she is my everything and I can communicate with her on so many levels whether that is on a very personal level, business or if I am unwell, she is my person to turn to. My mum is my rock and someone I look up at as she is one of the strongest women I know.

Have you faced any barriers in your career, how did you overcome them?

H: When I was much younger and pretty naïve, I worked in a very male dominated environment, it was a steep learning curve but I soon learned to give as good as I got, be firm but fair and in the end it was one of the most interesting and fun jobs that I have had.

D: I have been fortunate to be working in the House of SKYE where most of my colleagues are women – we are very uplifting and it’s always great to get advice from them about anything. However, I have had men question my abilities when I used to volunteer at the motorsport events or when I used to work in a football club as the club’s social media officer. I got teased a lot for stereotypical behaviours like not understanding the sport or only liking the sport because of the looks of a certain player. It used to rile me up but now I’ve learnt to just ignore them. I let my skills and work ethic do all the talking for me. My career and life goals are far more important than someone’s opinion I never asked for.

T: I have been very lucky in my working career, as I have always worked extremely hard and made sure I have learned everything that I can within a business and then developed the role from there in all my past jobs that I have worked in. From here this has been my ground knowledge on how I was able to start my own business and slowly grow from there.

C: Over the years and decades, I have faced – like most women in any industry – ongoing hurdles of working mainly in the hospitality industry which was very male dominated. I have always worked extremely hard in any job role and ensured that I knew everything that was required to grow and evolve to the next working level, which lead to then becoming the manage of the job that I was working at. 

This year’s IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge, what does it mean to you to create a world of gender equality?

This year's IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. We encourage you to put your hand up (like in our photo) and take the pledge to help make the world a better place and move towards a safe space where all have the opportunity to thrive, regardless of gender. 

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