Society as a whole will suffer when the talents of half the population are ignored
Published 05/11/2015 | 02:30
'Get stuffed," jockey Michelle Payne told the doubters, galloping into the history books this week as the first female jockey to win Australia's Melbourne Cup.
Those two words reflect the barriers she faced from owners and trainers. Both Michelle and the horse she rode, Prince of Penzance, were rank outsiders. But she proved the sexists wrong.
Michelle is only the fourth woman to ride in the 155-year-old competition, and her win shows how perseverance, courage and hard work can pay off.