International Women’s Day is fast approaching next Tuesday, March 8. The 2022 theme is Break the Bias, participants imagining a gender-equal world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Imagine a world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

For Cr Cayla Pothan that last value is where her business, Tootsie Gallery and Café, shines.

“I’ve never felt like I really fitted in anywhere,” Cayla said. “From when I was at school or the places I’ve been in my life.”

Cayla said running for the 2021 Yass Valley Council election was an interesting process.

“If you said to me, 10 years ago, that I would end up in the roles that I’m in today, I would have totally laughed at you.”

“I never felt like I was good enough, or I had anything valuable to give or to offer,” she said.

Cayla said she didn’t think she would get elected yet decided to give it her all anyway and was successful, but she also noted the need for a broader scope of representation.

“It’s fantastic that we have a strong representation for both genders,” she said. “I think it would be even better if we had some more minority groups represented.”

“It would show to me a greater inclusion and a greater up-to-date representation of society.”

Cayla is speaking at the Sutton Art Gallery at a small morning tea this International Women’s Day. Email LSafranek@yass.nsw.gov.au to register your attendance as places are limited.

By Brianna O’Rourke