The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual a powerful message to each and every one of us, regardless of gender, that equality is an issue we should be striving to solve.

An equal world is an enabled world

Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our broader community. So if we each work to challenge gender bias and stereotyping, we can collectively help to create a truly gender-equal world. This is a choice and something we need to be conscious of each day.

While International Women’s Day is only once a year, we can each do more in the other 364 days to create a world of fairness and equality. Collectively we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender-equal world. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.  ​

Our work

Equality is not just a ‘women’s issue’ – it’s a business issue and one we’re committed to tackling at Telstra. We’re doing this in a number of ways:

  • We have clear objectives to increase our female representation at all levels, from the Board to our customer-facing teams.
  • We continue to strive for gender-balanced recruitment shortlists and strong female representation in our talent pipeline.
  • Our Brilliant Connected Women network has thousands of members of all genders who raise awareness at internal events throughout the year.
  • We’ve maintained our commitment to All Roles Flex – it has been five years now and more than 87% of our people report they have the flexibility to balance their work and life.
  • And we’ve implemented a gender-equal and flexible parental leave policy.

But there’s still more to do to be truly inclusive and this is a big focus of my role. I’m committed to searching for new solutions, trying new things and sharing ideas so that we can continue to making changes for the better.

We can challenge gender stereotypes through role modelling and story-telling about people of all genders performing ‘non-traditional’ roles. That’s why we asked three incredible women at Telstra to all share their stories, and what # EachforEqual means to them.

Jenna Colwell

Jenna Colwell

Jenna joined Telstra in 2006 on a broadband helpdesk helping our technicians with line testing and results. Since 2012 she has worked across various field roles. 

When I was working in Workforce Deployment, assigning and monitoring the tasks of our field technicians, I found it so interesting and rewarding to hear the techs’ daily stories. I could sense they really loved their job and were passionate about the customers and each job they attended. To be in the frontline and see the final finished product I thought, “Yes, I’d like to do that”.

I’ve been privileged to experience various areas of Field Service Delivery from lines, data, networks and Wi-Fi, and in 2019 I secured a field-based lead role.

I fiercely believe in the theme for International Women’s Day – #eachforequal. I believe we are all equal, no one is above or below another person no matter your role or position. Individually we are all capable and collectively we can conquer.  Mindsets are shifting, culture is evolving but there is still a way to go. Today I see the rise of females in male-dominated environments and I bloody love it.

I truly believe in our company and its values; women in all areas of our workforce are well supported.

Liz Van Der Peet

Liz Van Der Peet

With an Honours degree in Physics, Liz began her career at Telstra more than 20 years ago and is now a Product Owner for Office 365. 

I learnt early in my career to find my courage and rely on the fact I’d done the work and knew my stuff.

For me, an equal and enabled world is one of universal inclusive solutions we can all use to unlock our potential regardless of wealth, gender identity, ability, age or race.

International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women who dare to innovate, uplift those around them, and bring change for the better to the world we work in.

Telstra’s a place where you can spread your wings, learn and figure out what you love to do here. Embrace the opportunity, have the courage to say your piece – it gets easier each time – and find strength and support in those around you!

Laura Buttle

Laura Buttle

As a university student Laura visited our Global Operations Centre (GOC) pictured above; it set her career path.  

I studied a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and I took all the telecommunications electives. I was accepted into Telstra’s Network Engineering Graduate program and have been here for just over a year.

As a woman coming through the Grad Program I have not been treated any differently to my male colleagues and this is ultimately what equality is all about.

I believe that attitudes and values in companies filter from the top down and I think that it’s because Telstra has consciously put a focus on equality and diversity that there is such an encouraging environment for all young people in the company.

I believe that when men and women are treated equally it brings out the best in all of us, people can only be the best version of themselves when they feel respected and encouraged.

It’s an encouraging environment for people to be themselves and to thrive in their chosen career path.