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Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong

Why the Women's Fund?

I know from being raised by a strong, generous, purpose-driven mother and paternal grandmother that women really do, by and large, focus on the things that matter, provide the often invisible hand that makes things happen and are the glue that holds families and communities together. I believe in the immense power and wisdom that women have, and believe that this is still to be fully unleashed in New Zealand and around the world. For me, being a part of the Women's Fund allows me to help drive something that will do exactly that through giving, connection and support.


How or where do you see the Women's Fund making a difference?

The greatest impact the Women's Fund can make is in shifting the context within which women can dream and achieve their success. By showing women that it's good to dream, that their ideas matter, and that there are others out there who want them to be successful, I think we can make a measurable difference.


Who is your biggest female role model/inspiration and why?

My mother, my grandmother and my daughter - that's three. My mother is generous, intelligent, unconditional and powerful beyond measure. My grandmother is strong, altruistic, wise and consistent. And my daughter embodies kindness, hope and inclusion in one little 6-year old being… and I find that incredibly inspiring.


Finish this sentence: "In 10 years' time, I want women and girls in New Zealand to..."

"...know that the world wants and values what we have to offer - our intelligence, contribution, role modelling, generosity and drive. I want us to know that, along with men, we have a critical role and the means to shape the world and to be encouraged that in doing so, we are making things better for our children. I also want us to be clear and remember that what we have today is because many incredible women before us have struggled to make this possible…and to be grateful for that."