Women are vital to any industry, especially the world of advertising and media. And, B&T doesn’t think it’s fair that some of these women fail to be recognised for their incredible work and efforts, simply because of their gender.
So, to celebrate the launch of our annual Women in Media Awards, we’ve asked a few industry power women to talk to us about why the Women in Media Awards are important, their best piece of advice, the most influential women in their lives and more.
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Now, let’s hear from NRL journalist/presenter and proud Gamilaroi Yuwaalaraay woman, Tanisha Stanton.
I believe the incredible women in our industry deserve to be recognised and the Women in Media Awards provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women who are leading the way in our field, as well as letting them know that their tireless work doesn’t go unnoticed. Not only do these awards applaud the incredible efforts of the recipients, they also acknowledge the hard work that is undertaken each and every day by all women that work in the media landscape.
While I am deeply aware of the barriers so many women face in the workplace, especially in the sports industry, I feel that I’ve been quite lucky working as a sports journalist at the NRL.com and haven’t been faced with any barriers so far. Thankfully, I don’t feel I’m any different to the men I work alongside. I’m treated equally in my workplace and I feel that my contribution is valued. I thoroughly enjoy working in the sports industry because that’s where my passion lies. All I’ve ever known is sport. I was lucky enough to play at an elite level at a young age in netball, touch football, rugby sevens and rugby league. And some of my fondest memories growing up are playing all these different sports – with my family there supporting me and the friendships that I got to develop along the way.
Speaking of supportive family, I am also so fortunate to have a number of influential women in my life that have been instrumental in shaping the person I am today – my mother (Nicole), sister (Kirsten), grandma (Margaret) and my nan (Elizabeth). Their guidance, love and support has given me the opportunity to be the best version of myself and achieve anything I put my mind to. They’re all incredible women in their own unique ways and have all taught me different but valuable life lessons. I cherish every moment I get to share with my protectors because after each encounter I feel empowered and walk away with so much more knowledge and strength.
To this day, I live by the mantra “no guts, no glory”, which is what my dad used to say to me. It’s what I repeatedly tell myself every time I want to achieve anything in my life. These four words for me symbolise strength, resilience and belief – the strength of my dad, the resilience of my ancestors and the belief that they have in me.