Julia Gillard’s views on sexism in politics are about every woman in every job


Her famous speech electrified the debate about misogyny in the workplace – and the former Australian PM has explained further what drove her to make it, and what it achieved.

‘Ultimately it is our stereotypes that need to shift, not the response of women in politics. Gillard admitted that when she was a girl, “if someone had suggested you could be prime minister it would have been as unreal as suggesting you could go with Neil Armstrong to the moon”. On encouraging our daughters to “pursue [their] passion”, she summed up the problem for everyone in the room: “I don’t think people are born with a blinkered gender construct about what they can achieve in the world. We stamp that onto them. And we’ve got to pull the stamp away.”’

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