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The best thing about being a woman in Canberra is having the freedom to do as I wish, which many women in parts of the world are denied.

I’m here to visit Floriade with very good friends. I’m enjoying the day out.

I’m reasonably content. I’m very pleased to have a job that I enjoy but I’m looking forward to retirement.

My husband and I came to live in Canberra from Sydney when our first child was born because we heard that Canberra was a really fabulous place to raise a family. We have certainly found that to be the case.

To me being a woman means to give birth and I think my greatest achievement in life was to give birth to two beautiful children. It also means to nurture new life and to hold up half the world.

I work for a large government department headed by an amazing woman and that’s certainly very inspiring. I’m surrounded by strong and powerful women who work hard towards making a better life for everyday Australians. I think as a woman in Canberra I find that very encouraging and supportive.

The hardest thing about being a woman in Canberra is working in the hub of political life and being acutely aware of the little representation we have on the hill. In general though I have not found it particularly hard.

I find maintaining my health and wellbeing in Canberra very easy. Health services are very accessible and efficient. In my view I’ve never had any problems in accessing great health care in Canberra but I am aware that there are serious shortfalls in our hospital emergency departments.

My three favourite things in life are spending time with my family and friends, our pets and sitting in our garden reading.

My perfect day in Canberra would be a long lunch on a beautiful spring day with family, good friends and our dogs down by the lake.

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