GUEST SPEAKER: Hannah Ariotti.
GUEST SPEAKER: Hannah Ariotti. Rosie O'Brien

Hannah excels in industry with just 15% women

LOCAL Hannah Ariotti was the youngest but most ambitious guest speaker at yesterday's Zonta International Women's Day brunch.

At 24-years-old is a business owner and film director, and said it was an industry she'd had to fight to excel in.

"It's hard as a young woman to make it to the top when the fact is that only 18% of workers in the industry are female," she said.

"We need to acknowledge the fact that we're still objectified and equality isn't achieved."

Ms Ariotti said the way women can combat the issue is by supporting each other.

"Seeing all these incredible, local women here celebrating one another's success is the start," she said.

"It's taken me time, to leave and come back, to realise that this community aspect we have in town is very unique.

"We need to bring this into the workplace, and then we will see a change."

While Ms Ariotti said she couldn't comment on domestic violence as an issue facing women, she said equal pay and changing social attitudes were goals of hers.

Ms Ariotti was selected as the third guest speaker because of her home grown success. Her film was selected to be shown at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

She attended Toolooa State High and encouraged youth to branch out to places with career opportunities.

"Gladstone will always be home, it's where my passion ignited, but if you need to move to make something of yourself, go for it," she said.



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