Port Stephens MP Kate Washington and Paterson MP Meryl Swanson hosted an International Women's Day breakfast at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens on Friday.
Breakfast attendees heard from Colleen Whittle, co-manager of Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services, Kevin Stokes, chairman of the Gardens, and Deb Dibley, principal of Hunter River High School.
Ms Washington and Ms Swanson addressed the gathering, then performed a question and answer style panel with the female captains of Hunter River and Irrawang high schools.
Renae Andrews and Hannah Breed from Hunter River plus Georgia Sulis, Dakota Gordon and Rebecca Collins from Irrawang spoke about what it is like being a young woman in 2018, their role models and where they see themselves in five to 10 years.
More to come.