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Rachel Cleary

Why the Women's Fund?

If not me, then who?! Since I was a child I have had a very strong sense of social justice - being told that I couldn’t change things has never been something that sits well with me. When I discovered the Women’s Fund I realised that I could be the change I want to see in the world by joining together with likeminded, awe-inspiring individuals that believe the same.


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

The Women’s Fund allows for both traditional philanthropy and a shift away from the status quo. It’s facilitating a community of wonderful people to come together and give each other (and ourselves) the opportunity to change the face of our beautiful country.


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

I’ve been blessed to have multiple role models and inspiring people influence my journey. I have the niftiest, strongest Aunt; had/have wonderful colleagues (Sarah Trotman, ONZM and Ella Monahan), who really drive me forward; and I am surrounded with the most inspiring cheerleaders that I am blessed to have as friends! The characteristics they all possess is an ability to share their vulnerability as a source of strength; push myself and other to keep striving when doubt creeps in, and gently rein me in when I am off on a (likely very exciting) tangent.


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

"...be flabbergasted that this was a question we had to ask. Because every individual in New Zealand will be treated like they are just as special as their neighbour, colleague or employer."

I am a hopeless optimist at times – I think 10 years is attainable!

Rachel Cleary