Evelina Ericsson is one of our Heritage Officers. She works across the Living Heritage Grants Program at Heritage Victoria, and helps safeguard the state’s rich and diverse history through distributing and managing funding for the conservation of our State-listed heritage places.
“Women, myself included, often doubt their own abilities and lack self-belief...I’m trying to overcome this by contributing to a culture in my work and private life that values self-assured women.”
Have you experienced any roadblocks in your career path due to your gender?
While I’ve been supported in my career by fantastic people and generally consider myself spared from too many roadblocks. I think many women will recognise the experiences I’ve had in the early part of my career – I’ve been talked down to and ignored in meetings, addressed as ‘young lady’ and questioned on when I’m planning to start a family. My biggest roadblock however, is that women, myself included, often doubt their own abilities and lack self-belief. This lack of confidence is reflective of a universal culture that gives women very few reasons to feel self-assured, as our behaviours and appearances are often harshly critiqued. I’m trying to overcome this by contributing to a culture in my work and private life that values self-assured women.
How do you see your role in helping to address imbalances that still exist today?
I have been very fortunate in my career to have been supported by both female and male mentors around me, however the fact that I even have to say I’ve been ‘fortunate’ is very unfortunate – it should be the norm and sadly it is not for all women in the workplace. Not to mention trans and queer women, women of colour and other marginalised groups, they suffer from multiple forms of bias. I think I have an important role in acknowledging this and assisting in making their voices heard. For example, DELWP has many strong female Aboriginal leaders, yet we don’t see that reflected in senior management positions – we still have a long way to go!
What does International Women's Day mean to you?
It’s a time for me to reflect on the struggles of the women in my family, acknowledge those that have paved the way for me in the workplace, and celebrate women around me that work towards a more equal world for all.
Tell us a little bit about your role at DELWP
I have the wonderful job of distributing and managing funding for the conservation of our State-listed heritage places. What I enjoy most about my role is the opportunity to interact with the community and witness firsthand the positive impact of our grants program.
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