Meet a member – Emily Francis

3 October 2019

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. We will feature an interview with a member here on our blog so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Emily Francis.  

Describe yourself in 30 words or less.

Passionate, chatty, and very recently finding myself to be spontaneous!

What is on your playlist?

6Lack, Drake, Khalid, The Weeknd, Dean Lewis, Kiiara, Kid Cudi, Chelsea Cutler – really depends on the day!

People would be surprised if they knew…

That I absolutely love following the NBA. I started watching a few games here and there a few years back with my brother. I’ve never been huge on watching sports, but I love watching basketball games.

What are you reading at the moment?

The Courage to be Disliked – by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi

Who is your feminist inspiration?

Emma Watson! I think the work she has done to break gender norms has been incredible.

What is an achievement you are proud of?

Adjusting to life after moving out of home and away from my parents at 17. It was by far the hardest challenge I’ve been through, but I feel like it shoved me so far out of my comfort zone that it eventually led me to be a whole new person.

Why did you join the Y?

I recently did a bit of volunteer work with the YWCA Canberra and getting to be in the office and understand the work that the organisation does was so insightful, and I’m so grateful to be a member and support an organisation that aligns with my personal values.

What’s the change you want to see in the world?

I’d really hope that all children get equal opportunities regardless of their demographic group, and are given the right tools to succeed, especially in less economically developed countries.

Share with us the best piece of advice you’ve been given.

Learning to let go of things you can’t control, and that some things are meant to be and others simply aren’t.

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