Women are active participants in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and serving in leadership positions in Rotary. The 1989 Council on Legislation, which voted to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
 
The vote followed the decades-long efforts, including legal cases, by men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow the admission of women into Rotary clubs, after 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. The number of women members worldwide reached 195,000 in July 2010 (about 16% of Rotarians) and surpassed 277,000 in July 2020 (about 23%).
 
Our part of the Rotary world can claim success with the following forming the 2022 leadership chain. President of Wellington North Club – Zaheda Davies, Assistant Governor - Helen Agar, District Governor 9940 – Marilyn Stevens, Regional Director for Australia, NZ & SP – Jessie Harman [Brisbane], and World President - Jennifer Jones [Ontario Canada].