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Are you female, in travel and your voice not heard?

September 13, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

If you answered yes to those questions, salvation may be at hand. A national movement to counter the silencing of women’s voices is about to be launched and women in the travel sector are encouraged to join.

With women comprising almost half of all employees, but holding only a-quarter of key management roles, it’s time to call “Enough!” the founders say.

Author and journalist Tracey Spicer and communications experts Louise Pascale and Liza-Jayne (LJ) Loch built the Outspoken Women business ( after training mixed gender groups in communications strategy over the past 30 years. Loch is known in the travel sector for her work with organisations including AFTA, Helloworld, Travelscene American Express, and Ensemble Travel.

Adelaide has been chosen as the launch venue in honour of South Australia’s pioneering role in giving women the vote.

“We all noticed the same thing,” Spicer said.

“Women who felt like they didn’t deserve to be heard, or being talked over by male colleagues. And, in many cases, simply having their ideas dismissed.”

While workplace structures, such as the 15.3% gender pay gap, unconscious bias and ‘boys’ clubs’, are holding women back, training in breaking down these barriers is priceless, the founders say.

“From women who are a couple of years into their careers, to women transitioning into leadership roles, there’s an appetite to take more control in the professional environment,” Loch declares.

The founds say that many of Australia’s leading public and corporate organisations are requesting sessions to optimise their employees’ impact in presentations, negotiations and even performance reviews.

“South Australia was the first state in the country to give women the vote, and today women hold 48% of the positions on State government boards and committees,” Pascale said.

“There’s a real push for gender equality here and we’re thrilled to be launching this important initiative in Adelaide.”

Australia’s first female political candidate, South Australian suffragette Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910).

Places are filling quickly for the full-day Adelaide Open State Presentation Master Class on 26 September, according to the founders. However it appears there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Tickets cost AUD 650 per woman, available via

In addition to regular Master Classes around Australia, Outspoken Women is offering two full scholarships to each session for disadvantaged women.

Just for the record, New Zealand was the first country to grant women the right to vote. It did so in 1893. South Australia followed a year later, and in 1902, Australia was the first country in the world to give women both the right to vote in federal elections and also the right to be elected to parliament on a national basis.

Edited by Peter Needham

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