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Women of the Future Awards 2018: Dame Quentin Bryce shares inspiring message for females

The Honourable Dame is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to female empowerment.

By Bettina Tyrrell and Jess Pullar

There was no shortage of inspiring women at The Australian Women's Weekly AGL Women of the Future Awards held at Quay in Sydney on Wednesday.

Among the female leaders in attendance was Dame Quentin Bryce, who had a powerful message to share during her Q&A with event MC, Viriginia Trioli.

Dame Quentin Bryce arrives to the Women of the Future Awards on Wednesday.
Dame Quentin Bryce arrives to the Women of the Future Awards on Wednesday.

Speaking in front of an audience of Australia's most powerful and influential women, including the likes of Julie Bishop, Lisa Wilkinson and Dr Kerryn Phelps, the former Governor-General of Australia discussed the increasing pressure on women.

"I think there's increasing pressure on all of us, particularly on women who are taking on more and more responsibilities in every aspect of life. I've had too many conversations with women about the exhaustion of their lives."

But the inspirational woman had a message for all women, adding: "I encourage them [females] to leave some time for the beautiful things in life, but really being rigorous and having time for exercise and fitness."

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The former Governor-General of Australia says we need to "leave some time for the beautiful things in life".
The former Governor-General of Australia says we need to "leave some time for the beautiful things in life".

Bryce, 75, has had an incredible career. The Australian academic was the first woman to have held the role of the Governor-General of Australia. So when asked why she never went into politics, she said:

"I was a young woman, a lawyer in the law school teaching some remarkable people. I thought very seriously about whether or not I would go into politics to press the issues to which I had a passionate personal political and professional commitment."

"I decided not to. I decided I wanted to stay outside of party politics and have the freedom to be a lobbyist and be a free wheeler."

The Australian Women's Weekly AGL Women of the Future Awards are a celebration of inspiring young women who are making a difference.

Now in its sixth year, the competition encourages young women aged between 18 and 34 with a great business idea, charity or creative venture to enter.

See the winners HERE.

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