“Feminist leadership requires an ability to see your role within a wider social and political ecosystem and to be brave enough to work with others to fundamentally redefine that. Feminist leadership is fierce in dismantling inequality, but it also grounded in meaningful connection and collaboration, and there is warmth and joy in it”.Hilary Mathews, July 2019
For as long as she can remember, Hilary has been interested in how we shape our identities – and how they are shaped for us – in our inner lives, our homes, and out in the world. This driving interest led her to feminism, and to more than fifteen years of professional experience in gender and development, including ten years living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. Hilary joined CARE in 2016 and is currently the Senior Director, Gender Justice. Between 2013 and 2016, Hilary provided policy advice and technical assistance as a consultant to UN and non-governmental agencies on gender integration, prevention of violence against women, HIV prevention, and resource mobilization. Prior to that, Hilary worked for the U.S. Government’s global HIV program for eight years in several leadership capacities. She has also worked for the Council on Foreign Relations, UC Berkeley, and the World Health Organization. Hilary began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso and has degrees from Columbia and Princeton Universities. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and two dogs.