There’s been a lot of talk over the past year about changing the culture of men. Not mankind, mind you, but men.
Only then, we’ve been told, will women and men be able to work alongside one another on equal footing.
Yesterday, Kelly O’Dwyer, Australia’s minister for women, offered a refreshing new take while delivering the nation’s first women’s economic security statement in Canberra.
Her words of advice to younger ladies: Be more like blokes and don’t dwell on your setbacks for long.
According to the minster, everyone has set backs but men are generally faster to move on from them than women.
That could be because women are more reflective, she added.
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Women need to be more future focused
According to AAP, ‘On the whole, if something happens for a woman, she will go over it and over it and over it again,’ Ms O’Dwyer told the National Press Club.
‘If something happens for a bloke, it’s done and he’s moved on from it, probably within the next five minutes.
‘So I would say — always be future focused. Certainly, learn from the past, but be focused on what you can achieve.’
Speaking from her position as one of the six women in cabinet, Ms O’Dwyer urged young women to take an active role in their futures, to back themselves and take a stand against any bad behaviour they encounter.
Trying new things was a piece of guidance, which Mrs O’Dwyer would offer her younger self.
‘To try new things, and don’t be afraid to fail, because you always learn something from that experience.’
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