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Five tips for young women

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OPINION: So today is International Women's Day and I, like many others, have spent a lot of time this week thinking and talking about women in New Zealand. Have we done enough? What needs to be done? How do we help the next generation of women be kick-ass?

Now, I can't really offer any amazing insights into the pay gap, or period poverty, or solving domestic violence. But one thing I do know is that there key pieces of advice young women should hear if they want to be successful/happy/not feeling permanently dazed and confused in the world. Think of it as a "checklist to tell my daughter before she's too old to think she knows everything". So in honour of the day, here are my top five things that I wish I'd known sooner.

1. Choose your partner wisely

A few International Women's Days ago, I watched a wise and distinguished old bird peer steadily over the top of a microphone and tell hundreds of young women that the key to being successful was "not dating f-ups". It's the kind of advice, like how much spinach you should eat in a day, that's totally depressing but utterly true.

* Helen Clark's message to women
* Verity Johnson: Kicking the........

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