"Making Matches, Creating Careers" - Katy Gosset at Radio New Zealand

Brooke Gray is a mother, a student at Karanga Mai Young Parents College and, most recently, a photographer.

Down the track, she'd also like to be an English teacher and now, thanks to a photographic workshop run by herstory founder, Chrissy Irvine, she has the confidence to do so. The Christchurch photographer paired young mothers with older mentors who were working in careers of interest to the younger women.

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Irvine has been holding workshops for teenage mothers at Kaiapoi's Karanga Mai School to help the young women explore stories of women in the workplace who are juggling a career and being a mother.

Those Karanga Mai students - aged 17-21 - will feature in separate Herstory exhibition, displaying their own pieces of the women they have interviewed and photographed who were also young mothers.
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"Stories to tell young women" - Abbie Napier - The Press, Christchurch
 
JOSEPH JOHNSON

JOSEPH JOHNSON

"Irvine's project tells true stories. It exposes the realities of certain career and life choices, the challenges of working in an all-male, possibly quite sexist environment, and the challenges of juggling family, free time and work."

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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 'Her Story', is aimed at exposing gender inequality in the workforce." Listen Here »