Gillard On Sexism

October 1, 2013 by  

Gillard On Sexism, Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard has revealed the sexist attacks she endured in office filled her with “murderous rage”.

In her first public appearance since being dumped as Prime Minister in June, Ms Gillard appeared at the Sydney Opera House for an interview with feminist author Anne Summers.

During her time as prime minister, Ms Gillard was the focus of sexist attacks, from threatening protest signs to a mock menu written up for a Liberal party fundraiser and vulgar cartoons posted on blogs.

She revealed that she knew about the offensive material but “chose not to focus on them”.

“For my personal liberty, it’s probably a good thing that I didn’t focus on them,” she joked, because they filled her with “murderous rage”.

“At the end of the day, yes, it happened to me, but it’s not, you know, about me. It’s about all of us, about women and about the kind of society we want to be for all of us,” she added.

“I think maybe we can drop the ‘murderous’ but we should feel a sense of rage about it because it’s only through something that really spurs you on to action that it’s going to change.”

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