Reflections on Australia's first female PM

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Dr Lauren Rosewarne

Senior Lecturer 
School of Social and Political Sciences
The University of Melbourne

Credit: Tony Constable (Flickr)
IN JULIA Gillard's speech following her ousting by Kevin Rudd, she said the reaction to her being Australia's first female Prime Minister explained some things about her leadership, but did not explain everything about the way she was treated.


Political and cultural commentator Lauren Rosewarne told Cathy Harper that Ms Gillard encountered significant sexism from the media and public, but that sexism doesn't acount for all the problems that dogged her leadership