Ita Buttrose an inspiration for women
AUSTRALIA's queen of print media, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, will be making a special guest appearance in Lismore ahead of International Women's Day.
The idea to bring the legendary media editor, businesswoman, best-selling author and committed community and welfare contributor to the Northern Rivers was Karen Hogan's, on behalf of the Page Federal Electoral Council of The Nationals.
She said the aim was to bring inspirational people to our community, who locals might otherwise never get to meet.
"For International Women's Day I thought Ita would be perfect," Mrs Hogan said.
"I saw her at an airport and thought it be wonderful if Ita came to our lunch - and as it turned out - she generously accepted my invitation.
"I think she is a great role model. She has led the charge on many issues for women.
"As a successful publisher, business woman, leader and mother she has been an inspiration to many.
"Ita has also used her success for the benefit of others, like Alzheimer's Australia which is receiving the proceeds of the ticket sales from the lunch."
Like Ita, Mrs Hogan said equal opportunity for women was an important issue for her.
"As a mother of two girls, I would like to see them have the same opportunities as any male," she said.
"In saying that, I believe my daughters (and my son) believe this to be true.
"They have been raised by Kevin and myself, that they have any opportunity in the work place, politics and anything else."
Mrs Hogan is a sixth generation Lismore district local who grew up in Clunes.
She trained as a registered nurse at Lismore Base Hospital before moving to Sydney to take up a job in the Money Market where she met her husband, Page MP Kevin Hogan.
When asked what she thought of the proverb 'behind every successful man there is a women' Mrs Hogan said the proverb needs rephrasing to "beside every successful man is a woman".