I was not living in Victoria at the time Joan Kirner became Victoria’s first female premier but I remember the moment well. I felt optimistic that it would only be a matter of time until the gender of politicians would no longer be an issue. I was confident I would live to see Australia’s first female prime minister.
Fast forward 20 years, and yes Australia had its first female prime minister, yet I am no longer so sanguine.
Now ‘taking the mickey’ out of people in power is a long standing tradition, even a duty in a free speaking democracy, but some of what Julia Gillard had thrown at her was beyond simple satire, it was simply sexist, caustic and cruel.
I’ll let Julia Gillard have the last work about whether her gender had anything to do with her treatment in the media “It doesn’t explain everything, it doesn’t explain nothing, it explains some things”.