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International Women’s Day 2020

March 9, 2020


The theme chosen for this year’s International Women’s Day – celebrated globally on March 8th – was #EachforEqual, a plea across boundaries, borders, and backgrounds to unify “against stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”

At Painted Dog Research we certainly embrace this theme in everything we do. We encourage our constantly growing team to foster an inclusive environment where all ideas, contributions, and experiences are valued and we proudly have a 50/50 split when it comes to gender parity in our organisation. We echo the thoughts from companies and organsations around the world that believe equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

We’ll continue to foster an environment in our organisation where barriers are removed and we support each other individually and collectively. We admire and celebrate each of our achievements and accomplishments and we’ve listed a few of what we consider to be our greatest achievements below:


Aimee Smythe: Doing the Rottnest Swim despite my enormous fear of sharks.

Marissa Barbaro: Competing in Kuala Lumpur for athletics.

Alexandra Nolden: Moving to Australia and building a life on the other side of the world.

Vienna Staaden: Getting a job straight out of university and starting full-time work before the age of 21 despite not having any connections in commerce generally, let alone market research.

Kristy Willoughby: I’m proud to be the first female in my family to graduate from university.

Emily Hawthorn: Winning the battle against my mental health.

Nicole Biagioni: I landed a fantastic job in a career that I love, providing myself the financial security to buy and set up a home with my partner.

Claudia Amonini:  I backed myself and put everything on the line to start Painted Dog in a highly competitive market where most senior consultants / execs were all still male. I’ve also fostered a workplace and team that is genuine and looks out for each other, but my greatest achievement was doing all of the above while raising my two wonderful daughters. Women don’t have to choose – you can aspire to have a great career and be a great mum!