"Trust your gut feelings and never lose your belief in yourself. Remember, no one else will ever dream your dreams or understand what drives you. Your life will be full of detours, but it will never be boring. You will climb some awesome mountains. It won't always be smooth sailing, though. Sometimes, projects and love won't turn out the way you hope and, occasionally, you'll find the going tough, but your inner strength and self-confidence will always get you through. Remember, tough times don't last, tough people do.
Right now, you have no idea that it's a man's world, but when you decide to branch out of the women's pages of Sydney's Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, where you did your journalism training, some of your male colleagues will not welcome you. Their hostility will come as a bit of a shock at first. Some mean will resent your ability and even be jealous of it. That's a sobering lesson to learn, but it is men's insecurity, not yours, that's the problem... What kind of mothers did they have, I wonder?"
- Ita Buttrose, former editor of The Australian Women's Weekly, founding editor of CLEO, Paper Giant, media trailblazer, 'Dear Me...', a letter to her 16-year-old self, in The Australian Women's Weekly, May 2011 Issue, on sale today (with Kate and Wills on the cover).
Girl With a Satchel