Meet a member: Rosie Hunt-Walshe

30 October 2015

This article is part of our member profile series. Our members tell us that one of the things they love about being part of our community is getting to know like-minded women. So, each month, we’ll feature an interview with a member, so you can get to know each other a little better. Today, meet Rosie Hunt-Walshe. 


You in a nutshell?

I love my family, my sewing machine, feminism, netball and books.

What was your highlight of the past year?

During a recent holiday in Hawaii, I spent a day on a boat off the coast of Maui watching humpback whales (including a newborn calf). Being so close to these amazing creatures completely took my breath away! It was absolutely my highlight of the past year. A close second would be that my husband and I bought our first house this year, right here in Canberra. I love this city!

What’s an achievement you’re proud of?

I’m proud of the career I have built up in social policy, having spent a number of years in the Australian Government developing and implementing its policy responses on Indigenous affairs, gender equality and mental health. It is a real privilege to work on challenging and important issues that I am deeply passionate about.

What’s on your playlist?

Currently, it’s Ryan Adams’ album covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 album – two of my favourite artists perfectly combined. I’m also really enjoying Leigh Sales’ and Annabel Crabb’s podcast Chat 10 Looks 3. They are so smart, so dorky and so funny.

Why did you join the Y?

I am continually amazed (but not at all surprised!) at the bright, passionate and articulate women in my generation who are working so hard to achieve gender equality, both locally and globally. I wanted to be part of an organisation that seeks to harness the collective talents of young women to drive change.

Who inspires you?

What a hard question to answer! I am inspired by so many women from history, women I read about in the news, fictional characters, the women among my friends and family… but if I had to name one it would be my grandma Jeanne. She was kind and quiet, but incredibly tough.

What’s the change you want to see in the world?

We have so far to go to eliminate violence against women, close the pay gap, boost the number of women in leadership positions and ensure all women can access the gains of feminism. My heart sinks every time I am told these issues are over-exaggerated, women are blamed for these issues, or these issues are discussed in a way that ignores the diversity of women in our community. I want governments, communities and individuals everywhere to fully acknowledge the struggle is real, devote necessary resources and create an expectation that everyone has a role in creating change. A global feminist awakening, maybe!


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