More than a celebration: International Women’s Day at Hattie and the Wolf

March 8, 2024 BY

Hattie and the Wolf owner Andrea Hurley, manager Bianca Flint and Tania Robertson, owner of local candle business Simple Retreat, one of the many women owned businesses whose products are stocked at Hattie and the Wolf.

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, serves as a beacon of progress and solidarity in the ongoing fight for gender equality and women’s rights.

This day, steeped in a history of social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, resonates profoundly within the walls of Hattie and the Wolf, a boutique that’s more than just a space for commerce.

For owner Andrea Hurley and her team, International Women’s Day is a testament to the resilience, creativity, and power of women, particularly in the realms of entrepreneurship and small business ownership.

Andrea Hurley’s vision for Hattie and the Wolf goes beyond curating a unique shopping experience; it’s a hub for fostering community and supporting female artisans and creators.

The boutique, renowned for its eclectic mix of handmade and artisanal products, serves as a tangible representation of women’s innovation and collaboration.

For Hurley and her team, the significance of International Women’s Day is intertwined with their daily operations and their broader mission of elevating women’s work.

The observance of International Women’s Day at Hattie and the Wolf is multifaceted.

It is a day for celebration – of the progress made towards achieving gender parity and of the individual and collective achievements of women artists, designers, and craftspeople represented in the shop.

It’s also a day for reflection, acknowledging the hurdles still facing women in business and society at large today.

Hurley and her team take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the female talent that fills the shelves and walls of Hattie and the Wolf.

They host events, feature stories of their artisans on social media, and engage their community in discussions about the importance of supporting women-owned businesses.

The day acts as a reminder of the boutique’s year-round commitment to creating a supportive and empowering environment for women to thrive in their creative and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Furthermore, International Women’s Day at Hattie and the Wolf is not just about recognition but also about action.

Andrea Hurley sees it as a call to support local, female-led initiatives, advocate for gender equality in all sectors, and inspire future generations of women to pursue their dreams unapologetically.

It’s a commitment to lifting others as they climb, embodying the theme of collective progress that defines International Women’s Day.

In essence, for Andrea and her team at Hattie and the Wolf, International Women’s Day is more than a date on the calendar; it’s a core element of their identity and mission.

It underscores their daily efforts to champion women’s achievements and address the ongoing challenges they face.

By embracing the spirit of International Women’s Day year-round, Hattie and the Wolf stands as a beacon of hope, empowerment, and unity, reflecting the broader objectives of the day within the microcosm of a vibrant and purpose-driven boutique.

Find Hattie and the Wolf at 202 South Street, Ballarat Central. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am.