WOMEN IN ROTARY
 
Rotary needs to grow and it needs to become more relevant . . . diversity of thought and inclusivity needs to be considered.
 
When men and women work together, the combination of a diverse range of skills and talents leads to greater achievement.
 
This is happening at Central Blue where the involvement of women over the years has dramatically changed the club from male and stale to one of vibrance, interest and activity.
 
Currently,35% of the Central Blue Mountains Rotary Club membership are female Rotarians.
 

Left to right: Karen Sullivan, Julie Madgwick, Ava Emdin, Pamela Williams and Vivianne Byrnes. 
 
Women have been a vital part of Rotary since in 1987, when a US Supreme Court ruling opened the door for women’s membership in Rotary International, and the 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.
 
The response to the decision was overwhelming:   By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians had skyrocketed to over 20,000.  By 2010, the number of women was approaching 200,000 and the number continues to grow.