Jenny Brockie talks to Deborah about careers and motherhood and recounts the “creative and risky” approach she took in her professional life upon the arrival of her daughter.
“I talk to younger women about this a lot, about this idea of career and having children somehow holding you back from a career. I think we’ve said that for too long to women,” said Jenny.
Working at Four Corners at the time, Jenny asked herself “what are the risks have I always wanted to take, because I’m being forced to have to rethink my professional life a little bit here.”
The answer for Jenny was morning radio.
“Sometimes we put limits on ourselves and need to be more creative about how we find solutions,” said Jenny.
In this interview, Deborah and Jenny find common ground and discuss life lessons from their strong mothers, parenting and their mutual dislike for same gender schools.
Both Jenny and Deborah attended same gender schooling and remarked on their experiences both positive and negative.
While Jenny believes it can help girls to build confidence during the formative years, she states “it’s not the real world, it’s not what happens in the rest of your life, so there’s an artificiality about it.”
“I had a lot of women around me growing up and it was great, but I wanted to understand men and boys as well,” said Jenny.
Jenny believes she gained her great resilience from her “glass half full mother” but quotes her as being “too stoical” to which she “reacted against in lots of ways.”
“All people who have children, when they’re parenting their children, (they) react against the way they were parented, to some degree or another,” said Jenny.
“But I think you’ve got to value the things that are positive as well,” she said.
Learn more about Jenny Brockie and her thoughts on these topics including careers and motherhood in the video above.
About Jenny Brockie
Jenny Brockie is one Australia’s most respected journalists, renowned for her skill and fairness. Jenny’s career has spanned television, radio, print and film and is well known for hosting SBS TV’s Insight where she facilitates an always lively and thought-provoking discussion on a wide range of topics. Her work as a television journalist and documentary filmmaker earned her a coveted Gold Walkley, two AFI Awards, a Logie, a Human Rights Award, two Law Society Awards and another Walkley. In 2006 and 2008, Jenny received a United Nations Association Media Peace award for her work on Insight.