We’ve not come a long way baby #blogjune

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.

Joan Kirner

Portrait of Joan Kirner as Premier of Victoria, Parliament House Victoria
Artist Annette Bezor

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”.

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard 2010 by MystifyMe Concert Photography


About julieinmelbourne

Live in Melbourne born in Adelaide, and thus love Cooper's Pale Ale, Haigh's chocolates and a good Mclaren Vale shiraz. But am now also addicted to 'good' coffee, wearing black, and footy at the MCG
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