Debey Green, Caroline Cavanagh, Alison McGrath and Diane Wendt at the International Women’s Day fashion parade on Tuesday.
Debey Green, Caroline Cavanagh, Alison McGrath and Diane Wendt at the International Women’s Day fashion parade on Tuesday. Sarah Harvey

Women thankful for freedoms

IT WAS a celebration 100 years in the making, with generations of Ipswich women gathering to mark International Women’s Day yesterday.

To mark the centenary, fundraising identity Elsie Denham organised the Ipswich Celebrates 10 Decades of Fashion event, with women encouraged to get into the spirit of the day and come attired in clothes of the decade of their choice.

For Mrs Denham, that meant donning a military uniform to honour her aunt Eileen Maude Warbrook, who joined the Women’s Australian Auxiliary Air Force (WAAAF) in 1942.

Based at Amberley, the 19-year-old worked in aircraft maintenance until 1945.

The event was held at the Ipswich Masonic Hall and guest speakers included St George-based doctor Desley Marshall, Tully-based organic beef producer Kerry Jonsson and queen of the Irresistible Red Hatters in Ipswich, Margo Wall.

Dr Marshall paid tribute to the strides women had made during the past century.

“Women have come a long way,” she said. “The opportunities today are limitless.

“100 years ago that was not so.

“Women had to fight for today’s privileges. You have to respect what we owe the women who came before us.”



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