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How far have women come when it comes to taking on careers previously the sole domain of men? One University of Canterbury student believes there is still a long way to go. Twenty-two-year-old Chrissy Irvine, is an honours photography student from Ilam School of Fine Arts and her project, called ‘Herstory’, is aimed at exposing gender inequality in the workforce.

I got an email this morning from RNZ asking if I could be interviewed this afternoon by Simon Mercep on their Afternoons programme. It was seriously nerve racking because it was live. Now, I’ve only done one interview as of last week, so this was a big step up. But I reminded myself to practise what I preach and be confident in my own abilities and to make the most out of the opportunity.

It’s easy to tell other women to go out and seize the day, seize the opportunities, be confident, be strong… I need to do the same.

Going on air was a fantastic experience, a lot of friends text me before I went on telling me to 'just be yourself!’ which helped a lot. I really appreciated the flood of messages that family and friends sent afterwards. 

Something I’ve learnt this year (especially after Jon Jeet’s wonderful presentation at Fine Arts) is that you can’t get a degree or take on a project like this without a strong community of people backing you up. So kia ora whanau, friends, tutors, peers, and all of the encouraging emails people have sent this week.