UNFURLING women's potential was the thrust of yesterday's International Women's Day breakfast hosted by the Zonta Club of Coffs Harbour and its president Jenny Murchie.
The event saw talks on the work of Amnesty International by Christina Armstrong and on the 20 years of the Coffs Harbour Women's Health Centre by Celia (Dr Dorothy) Nolan and manager Bronwyn Chandler.
Guest speaker Cath McKimm, the chair of the SCU Board of Governors, talked about two of the most serious battles she has fought ? with a major bank and with crippling depression.
The Coffs Harbour solicitor and former city councillor spoke of the six-year legal fight against a major bank that she and Angela Greenwood embarked on after Ms Greenwood's husband gambled away the family's savings playing the international currency market.
Ms McKimm, like Ms Greenwood the mother of four children, also spoke about her own battle to break free of the two years' suicidal reactive depression which followed her finding that her bookkeeper had been embezzling her.
She said these experiences showed the double-edged sword of women's liberation, expressed by French writer Anais Nin as 'when the risks to remain tight in the bud are more powerful than the risks to blossom'.
She told the 99 women attending the breakfast: 'I wish you all the power to blossom.