Brittany Neumann has completed her Masters in Teaching and Learning and says there is still so much that needs to be changed to make women equal
There is no doubt whichever generation you belong to, your experiences growing up and schooling experiences will depend on whether you are a Gen X, Y, Z or a Baby Boomer.
Brittany Neumann, like other Gen Ys, besides being insanely tech savvy are self-expressive, confident and open to new ideas and new ways of doing things – and that is Brittany.
She completed her P-7 at Tin Can Bay, grades 8-12 at James Nash and her Bachelor of Communication at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Brittany said: “After completing my degree, I was working in Public Relations and I realised that it wasn’t really for me. I didn’t like living in a big city (Sydney) and didn’t like the lifestyle.”
Teaching was always something Brittany thought she would do one day, so she went back to University and completed her Masters of Teaching and Learning and working for Education Queensland in North Queensland.
She said: “As a woman studying my Bachelor’s Degree I didn’t ever feel different or misjudged due to my gender.
“However, when studying my masters I definitely had a different feeling. I was often second guessed by my peers as if I didn’t know what I was doing and wasn’t smart enough to be there.”
Brittany’s advice is: “Don’t ever let someone tell you you can’t do something. Only you know your true worth and there is no better feeling in life than proving people wrong.”
She said: “I think being a woman in today’s society is so great. I’ve been able to go to school and university and have the same opportunities as my male counterparts.
“There are definitely challenges though, with social media being as big as it is. I know some people struggle with the idea of being “perfect” and that is something I’m trying to work on with the students I work with – you are perfect just the way you are.
“I remember hearing stories from my grandma’s era where you would almost be forced to leave school in grade 10, work at the bank, get married and then become a stay-at-home mum. I think it’s great to actually have such easily available options.
“There is still so much that needs to be changed for women and I feel like it needs to come from women themselves.
“I’m all about positivity and we need to build people up, not tear them down. The misogynist behaviour has to go.”
And what would Brittany teach her daughter?
“Stick up for herself, love herself and don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something.”