Girls Of Manchester: Rachael Mole
NAME: Rachael Mole
JOB TITLE: Freelance Writer, Science Communicator, Disability Advocate and Editor In Chief City Girl Magazine
When and Why did you make Manchester your home?
I moved to Manchester two years ago with my boyfriend Chris, we were in a long distance relationship and wanted to move in together. When he was offered a job transfer to Manchester it was the perfect opportunity to make it our home.
What makes Manchester special?
We bought our house at the same time as the Manchester Arena bombings. Family and friends were worried about the move, but I knew that I wanted to be in a city that in a time of immense fear and great pain came together. The amount of love that Manchester showed in that week was beautiful and moving. I have been so proud to call it home ever since.
What drives you?
Not letting a label and diagnosis define me. Having a chronic illness which is physically limiting means I am unable to do a lot of the things I would love to do. I always look forward to my next goal, my next achievement- even if that’s completing a no screen rest day to recharge my batteries. Pushing the ill-informed narrative that illness and disability means less than, or less able is also hugely important to me.
What are your dreams/ where would you like to be in 5 years?
In the next five years I want to be happy, as healthy as I can be and earning enough money to pay my bills, save a little and have a holiday I will be happy! I would also love to have completed a masters degree. I am always looking for the next opportunity to learn and grow, and a lifetime goal is to get a phd in whatever subject is important to me at that time. I don’t think I will ever want to stop learning.
What is the biggest issue at the moment for women which needs to be talked more about?
Being hugely under represented in parliament. We can’t even begin to talk about real change in any important areas such as the pink tax, domestic abuse, stalking laws, period poverty and the pay gap until there are enough women- at least half!- representing us in parliament. How can we expect middle aged, privileged white men to campaign to their fullest about issues that they have absolutely no idea on the reality about? So why isn’t it happening? We need to talk about it, and more importantly, do something about it.
What is your favourite Manchester Girl Event and why?
When I joined Manchester Girl a year and a half ago as the Community Manager the only monthly Meetup was the coffee and occasionally a monthly drinks event. We have just had our 2 year anniversary now and have over four or five events a month! Handing over the reigns to our new Community Manager Emilia and stepping up to help the other City Girl cities replicate what we are doing here has also meant I am able to attend any of the Manchester Girl events I fancy- for fun! My favourite event changes after every one I go to!
Why did you choose the location you were photographed?
The Central library in Manchester is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is so great to see such a building thriving when so many libraries across the country are closing due to budget cuts and under-use. Writing, reading and bringing people together are my passions, all of which this library does on a daily basis. I also love the artwork that surrounds Manchester, the graffiti is iconic, beautiful and celebrated. The creative culture that flows through this city is electric— and inspiring.