Australian Ex-PM Sees Bright Future For Female Politicians

"We will over time be treating women and men far more equally," says Julia Gillard

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard inspects the burnt remains of the Dunally school in southeast Tasmania, Australia, Jan. 7 2013.

Julia Gillard is optimistic about the future of women in politics, despite the sexism she endured as Australia’s first female Prime Minister.

Gillard, who was called a “nonproductive old cow” by opposition leaders and who was asked on the radio if her male partner was gay, told the BBC Tuesday she thought it would get “easier and easier” for women in politics. “It’s all part of a journey where we will over time be treating women and men far more equally,” she said.

The former PM gave a famous speech condemning the misogyny of her political opposition in 2012, that got over 2 million views on Youtube.

“There’s a lot of common experience from women leaders about the neverending focus on appearance and how that distracts from trying to get the job of leadership,” she said. “People are too interested in the handbag and not what you’re saying.”

Gillard refused to speculate about whether Hillary Clinton would run for President, saying she preferred to wait until Clinton herself had made up her mind. “Does she have the capacity to be a tremendous leader? Of course she does,” she said.

The former PM was ousted last year, but she’s starting a new job as chair of the Board of Directors at the Global Partnership for Education in Washington D.C.

[BBC]

2 comments
boots
boots

"despite the sexism she endured as Australia’s first female Prime Minister."


Uhh what? The sexism she endured? You mean the sexism she made up? Every single criticism levelled at her, valid or otherwise was labelled as sexism by her and her cronies. Now it's true that some of those criticisms are sexist, but they make up barely 1% of the criticisms levelled at her. Male leaders gets the same kind of "you suck because you're male" type of criticisms, there's nothing especially harsh about what's been said about her.


Person A: "Prime Minister, why did you break the promise you made yesterday?"

JG: "Sexism! Sexism! Sexism!"


That's basically what's happened during her reign of stupidity, incompetence and non-stop lying. Tony Abbott gets made fun of all the time in Labor events, from his budgie smugglers to his big ears, but if somebody makes fun of Julia Gillard in a Coalition event, all of a sudden it's sexism. Is it rude? Yes. Is it sexism? No.


"The former PM gave a famous speech condemning the misogyny of her political opposition in 2012, that got over 2 million views on Youtube."


You mean the crap that she made up to distract people from the horrible job she did? Tony Abbott's family (wife, and I think 3 or 4 daughters) didn't actually want him to run for PM, they were actually doing their best to stay out of the limelight while he does his run for PM. But her speech pissed them off so much, they actually started actively and publicly supporting him. Tony Abbott has a wife and multiple daughters, all of whom are clearly not scared of him in the slightest. Misogynist? He's closer to being whipped than a misogynist. 

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

A rational person strives for effective leaders, not leaders who happen to be female.


Like all leftists, Julia Gillard has accomplished nothing other than emotional, social issues and complaining over such. Has she made Australia an economic powerhouse? Does her country command fear and influence in the region? Has she come down on illegal refugees and secured the interests of her nation before that of others? No. Instead, she waffles on and on about "equality" and "tolerance" and other things that are detrimental to civilization. If she presents herself as model female politician, then it is clear warning that less females should be in power worldwide.