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Women in Parliament

We have an an election going on and Julia Gillard is the first woman Prime Minister we have ever had. Tonight she is waiting to see whether Australia will actually vote for a woman. It is of concern that western democracies find it very hard to vote women into the top positions in a country. Most countries find it very hard. It makes you think really hard when we are in 2010 and women have been in the work force for so long. We have heard what people say about a woman in a top position, what they say to her, what they day about her and what they think is appropriate to say about a woman. It has been a really big wake up call because it has been clear that a woman has to put up with so much trash as she aspires to lead effectively. In no way have we developed emotionally so that we can accept a woman in the role of Prime Minister. Or have we? So what kind of message are we constantly sending to girls as we look around the world? Women are okay but not that okay? If you want to be in the top position you had better be a man? The number of men and boys who look at the top positions around the world remains constant. What is it about women? Why can’t we bring ourselves to just accept them as competent and effective leaders at the highest levels? It’s not right.


Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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