Monash University Gippsland

Welcome to episode six of our podcast series!

Right click to download or listen below (approx 38 mins):



Today’s guest is Sarah Lawless, a 26-year old who started a non-profit – The Blue Stockings Inc – to help empower women through education. She is also juggling building a new home with her husband, studying for her Masters and works as a teacher full-time. She shares with us her passion about education, life long learning and community.

What Sarah discusses includes:

Starting a non-profit that empowers women through education.
How learning is an ongoing process.
Building a home.
Lessons learned while applying for finance.
Balancing a busy life – study, work, relationships, volunteering.
Grabbing opportunities as they come up – you don’t know where they will lead you!

10thousandgirl News, Workshops & Events

International Women’s Day Event: Opp Swap! Sunday 4th March 2012, Sydney NSW.

Upcoming Life Planning Workshops and Webinars include:
Free International Women’s Day personal finance and life planning online webinar  – 12th March (morning and evening sessions)
(Supported by the National Rural Women’s Coalition)

Free Life Planning Workshop, Scone NSW –  3rd March
(Funded by NSW Dept Primary Industries)

Free Pilot Workshop, Clare SA – 20th March
(Funded by Rabobank)

Free Pilot Workshop, Adelaide SA – 23rd March
(Funded by Rabobank)

Life Planning Workshop, Armidale NSW – 29th April

Remember, if we’re not in your town this year, you can start a GIG (Girl Investment Group) at any time.


Featured 10thousandgirl guest: Sarah Lawless

Originally from Kyneton Victoria, Sarah (pictured on right with Caitlin Grigsby) moved to the Gippsland region in 2004 where she has become an active community member being extremely passionate about community development, support and education.

Sarah was the Womyn’s Director at Monash University Gippsland Student Union for two years, where she developed her interest in the empowerment and support of women – particularly women accessing education.

Sarah, together with Caitlin Grigsby, discovered various academic barriers facing students experiencing hardship, particularly with women and mothers with limited access to funds and support systems. Together, they co-founded the initial Blue Stockings Inc with the hope to alleviate some of these pressures for women pursuing study.

Currently, Sarah works as a teacher at Baringa Special School in Moe and finds the role both challenging and incredibly rewarding while continuing her role in Blue Stockings.


Featured Links
Find out more about Sarah and Blue Stockings via their Website or Facebook.

http://www.barefootinvestor.com/ – investment advice

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/ – government money advice, budgeting advice, calculators etc

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