Inspiring Women

Meet Ruth Smithers, who in January 2017 became the first Future Director in the state sector.

"A feminised industry carries the risk that salaries are on average lower than men’s. That’s of course not something that sits at all well with me."

“Be strong in yourself. Be prepared to look at different things. Say yes to all opportunities, even ones that seem crazy!"

We remember Dr Teresia Teaiwa, Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika at Victoria University - activist, author, feminist, poet, and renowned scholar - who passed away on 21 March 2017.

The Ministry for Women would like to take this opportunity and e maumahara ana one of New Zealand’s most inspiring sporting greats, Tania Dalton who died on 1 March 2017. 

"Women in roles of responsibility have a duty to speak up on behalf of the people we represent. And we have a right to be respected.” 

Scientist, mathematical modeller

Amy Van Wey Lovatt is no stranger to solving complex problems. In fact, as a career mathematician and academic, she specialises in doing just that. But her success is all the more remarkable considering where she started from.


When Carmen Sutton got the courage to tackle her lifelong learning difficulties, a whole new world opened up before her.

How the legal profession can keep young women

If we want young women to stay in law, then the legal profession needs to take action, says QC Kate Davenport.

Entrepreneur, Fulbright scholar

Sarah Reo is the founder of award-winning Maori language and culture business CultureFlow and CultureFlow China. Sarah is currently working towards a MBA at the University of Hawaii, after winning a 2014 Fulbright Platinum Triangle Award in Business scholarship.