Down the Line
International Women's Day
Sunday 8 March
This International Women's Day, we're celebrating a network of inspirational people—from women in leadership to those in agriculture, finance and design. Discover the stories that overcome industry, age and gender, and all the valuable lessons that get passed down the line.
Shari & Jackie
Shari is our designer for girls at Country Road. She grew up around the brand thanks to her grandmother Jackie, a finance clerk who worked with us for 15 years.
I have always been inspired by the wonderful creatives around me as well as my family and friends. Nothing brings me more inspiration than being around ambitious and passionate people.— Shari
Can you tell us how Shari started with Country Road?
Jackie: Shari did work experience during high school with Country Road and loved the company from day one. From then onwards, she spent her school holidays working with the design departments. It was an amazing experience for her, she was able to learn and work with so many inspiring women. These experiences helped Shari to understand how she could make a great career from her talents.
What advice would you offer to someone starting out?
Shari: If you love it, keep going and keep pushing yourself to be the best version of you creatively and personally. When I was temping, any opportunity I received, I would take it. This was not only to gain experience but also to build professional relationships within the industry.
Who inspires you?
Jackie: I come from a family of very strong women who have always had a key role in providing for the family. This was instilled in me from a young age and this is something Shari has also grown up with: to work hard and achieve your goals.
Read the full interview here
Tamara & Jodie
Tamara is a third generation farmer and manager of her family's cotton farm at Miles, Queensland. Her mentor, Jodie, is CEO of Nuffield Australia, a not-for-profit organisation awarding scholarships to Australian farmers.
Can you tell us about your journey so far?
Tamara: When I finished school, I became a nurse. I was privileged to work in a lot of different places and care for a lot of different people, with some amazing experiences. About six years ago, I took stock and thought, 'What else do I want to do? Where do I want to go now?' And I thought, 'I really want to go home and pursue this interest that I've always had in agriculture.'
What insight would you give to someone beginning their career?
Jodie: I think curiosity is an underrated and undervalued skill. You hear the term 'lifelong learning' quite a bit, but I think that starts with curiosity in what's out there and what other people are doing. You can then translate this into yourself and what you do in your business.
Can you describe Tamara in a few words?
Jodie: All of our scholars are absolutely fantastic people. They're the type of people that you want to talk to. They're the type of people that can be your friends, and Tamara falls squarely into that category. We call farmers the salt of the earth for a reason.
What traits in others inspire you?
Tamara: I'm inspired by people who have new ideas and aren't afraid to chase them, whether that's my grandparents developing a new farming area, or my mum taking a leap of faith from the city to move out to the country. That's what inspires me.
Read the full interview here
I'm inspired by doers, people who don't sit around, but look for innovation and solutions to improve the world around them.— Tamara
Christabel & Riley
Christabel is a former Sales Assistant at Country Road, with a daughter in our head office. Christabel is a mother to three children and aunt to six-year old Riley.
I hope to teach Riley to always be kind, gentle, understanding and accepting of everyone.— Christabel
Elle & Karen
Elle is the Managing Director of Country Road. Her mentor, Karen, is a constant source of inspiration, helping people find their passion and form better connections with the world around them.
There's a couple of pearls of wisdom I give my daughters. First: it's not about how far you fall, because everyone falls, but it's how you get back up that’s important. The second: may your words and actions be kind, and may your words and actions matter in life.— Elle
What's one piece of advice you'd give to someone starting out?
Karen: Care more about what you think about you and your heart, follow what lights you up and what inspires you, rather than trying to live up to other peoples' expectations or what you think they expect of you. It takes courage and self-trust, but it's where we find the sweet spot of life.
What pearls of wisdom have you learned from Karen?
Elle: Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example. Karen's in my corner always passing on wisdom and leadership concepts. Another saying she often says to me is to 'own your space'.
What are some of the bigger challenges facing the workforce today?
Karen: A lot of people say, 'When I find my passion, then I'll be passionate.'' but it’s the wrong way around. We need to relearn how to reignite our passion from within and when we do that our passion finds us.
How does Elle inspire you?
Karen: Elle is someone I respect greatly for her substance as a woman and as a leader. By that I mean, even though she has a wealth of experience in her industry, proven success over time and revered for how she conducts herself, her desire to learn and grow is insatiable. She is always ready and willing to hunt down her blind spots and expand her knowledge and skills so that she can keep levelling up her impact and influence as a leader.
Read the full interview here
Hayden & Sienna
Hayden is part of the Country Road family, appearing as a regular face across our digital channels. He learns just as much from his little sister Sienna as she does from him.
Sienna teaches me to share when we play together.— Hayden
Explore our new arrivals.
This collection celebrates the finer details: sophisticated white shirts are finished with beautiful pleats and accents of gold, while statement blouses are crafted in luxurious blends of linen and silk. A simple black and white colour palette is illustrated across elevated tops, pants and accessories.