Ahead of International Women’s Day 2020 on Sunday 8 March, we are catching up with — and celebrating — the women behind The Actors Centre. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Each for Equal; promoting that an equal world is an enabled world. Next up in our series is Egle Duleviciute, Operations Manager, who tells us about her favourite female-led performances at The Actors Centre and talks about the challenges and preconceptions still faced by women entering today's workforce.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women's Day is a recognition and the acknowledgement of women's rights and status in the society, however it is also a reminder to continue the legacy left behind for those whose rights have been ignored.
Who is a woman that you admire?
Rosa Parks: 'No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.'
And my mother, a single mother, raising me with the continuous example of courage and turning impossible into possible.
Do you have a favourite female artist?
A choreographer Angelica (Andzelika) Cholina, all of her pieces are exceptional, unique and surreal, expressed through classical ballet, contemporary dance and acting.
Is there a particular event or scheme at The Actors Centre that, as a woman, you are particularly proud of?
The Actors Centre has hosted several performances led by brave artists, individually unique and to be proud of. The entire Motherhood(s) Season was inspirational and all the women who contributed deserve admiration for their courage to speak up for the issues often ignored or silenced.
Some of my favourite pieces were from the Maiden Speech Festival led by several talented artists, such as Game Face and Boses.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women in the industry today?
Equal pay and still certain socio-cultural criteria or stereotypes women need to pass to be considered successful or being judged for refusing to follow expectations and for thinking outside the box.
What piece of advice would you give to young women entering the workforce today?
Stand strong by yourself, and do not compromise, but rather negotiate, do not give up, but talk to yourself instead.
What, in your opinion, is the most pressing issue facing women’s equality today?
Seeing you as a weaker link in the chain or less-capable.
This article is part of a series ahead of International Women's Day, where will profile one staff member a day ahead of 8 March. Click here to explore more.
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