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SSC Newspaper : March 2013
22 Strathfield Scene march 2013 people “Initially, we thought a lot of the women who would sign up in Strathfield would be in small businesses, but we have a range of women from other professions” – Faye Helou, Strathfield BPW president. By Bernadette Chua What is The Business and Professional Women's Foundation? The BPW started in America in the 1920s and is a community of women who work towards ending gender inequality. It was introduced to Australia around the 1930s and is aimed at working women who are interested in networking, discussing professional issues and getting advice about workplace problems. What kind of business are you in? My husband and I run a palette making business in Ingleburn. Prior to that, I was a librarian and I worked at the Strathfield Library. I joined BPW after attending a meeting and seeing so many inspirational women. I wanted to be like that. How long have you been a member? On and off for about 15 years. I first joined when I was in my late 20s and then came back after I had children. Why did you decide to introduce BPW into Strathfield? I’ve lived in Strathfield for about 27 years. My children were raised in the area and attended Meriden and my family make a point of supporting our local businesses. I saw there were a lot of women in local businesses. So I introduced the idea to the BPW head office and it has taken off from there. How many members do you have so far? We are launching at the beginning of March and we already have about 35 women attending the meetings which is great. What kinds of professions are these women in? Initially, we thought a lot of the women who would sign up in Strathfield would be in small businesses, but we have a range of women from other professions. We have some women in executive roles as well as in the medical field. Having a good mix of people from different professions means they can give advice to each other, especially if one woman is going through a situation at work, someone will be able to give her advice on how to tackle the problem if they have been through it before. Workplace harassment is still a major issue and it isn’t confined to one industry. It happens everywhere and that’s why it’s good to have women from all different fields because situations such as these happen everywhere. The other two major problems are childcare and equal pay. How do you think BPW will get women from non-English speaking backgrounds to join? We already have a lot of interest from women in the Korean business community, but because Strathfield has such a multicultural society, we would eventually like to extend the program to women from non-English speaking backgrounds. Creating a Strathfield sisterhood Because Strathfield has such a multicultural society, we would eventually like to extend the program to women from non-English speaking backgrounds. Faye Helou is launching the Strathfield Business and Professional Women's Foundation this month and will be its president. Eat local Use our comprehensive food directory to plan your perfect night out / food-guide MOVIES PARK IN THE STRATHFIELDCOUNCILPRESENTS SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS www.strathfieldmovies.com.au Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a great evening of free entertainment for all the family under the stars. Saturday 9 March, approx. 8pm Strathfield Park, Homebush Road deals,reviews,recipesandinterviews