Lithgow Library held its annual International Women's Day event on Friday, March 8. Guests got into the spirit of the 'balance for better' theme.
'Balance for better' in 2019 is about creating a more gender balanced world, both at work and in society.
The keynote speakers for the event included Lithgow Fire and Rescue captain Melanie Palmer and author Tessa Lunney.
They were asked to speak on their perspective of this theme from their respective expertise.
"It's a day to bring attention to the phenomenal achievements of women," Ms Lunney said.
Ms Lunney had never been to Lithgow before but was "thrilled" to be here.
"Today is for both men and women and being equals," she said.
Keynote speaker Melanie Palmer spoke about her experience and challenges she has faced as a fire and rescue officer.
"The biggest challenge has been within myself mentally, wondering if I can do this job and handle the pressures that come with it," she said.
Melanie has been with Fire and Rescue for over 22 years now and plans on continuing for many years.
"We have such a diverse workforce and I am proud to be captain of the Lithgow Fire and Rescue team," she said.
The Lithgow ukulele group got the audience involved in singing "I am woman" and playing a few songs for the crowd.
There were short talks on women’s health and well-being, the women’s shed and information from Aunty Helen on the Mingaan Aboriginal Corporation.
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