Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Do political leaders’ wives have to be clothes horses? AU: PM must apologise to Abbott women: Bishop, Her gender or her judgment?

The Conservative Party have press released what Samantha Cameron wore to the conference.

Do political leaders’ wives have to be clothes horses? Samantha Cameron looked stunning in a bright blue knee-length dress from Joseph, with a grey belt and shoes from LK Bennett – the High Street store frequented by the Duchess of Cambridge.Ok let’s be honest. I find it hard to care what fashion statement – High Street or otherwise – Mrs Cameron was making, what was “teamed” with what etc etc. I’m only telling you any of this because Conservative HQ saw fit to press release it – entirely willingly. In fact this is common practice now for leader’s wives of whatever political hue. The Liberal Democrat press office briefed out details on what Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam was wearing on speech day (a “stunning £390 ‘New York Dress’ teamed with pointed orange heels from Zara” was how the Daily Mail wrote it up).

Euro MP aims to be first ever woman to head Bank of England Bucks Free Press ONE of Buckinghamshire’s Euro MPs could become the first female Governor of the Bank of England after applying for the position. Liberal Democrat Sharon Bowles wants to replace outgoing Mervyn King.

BBC Woman’s Hour ‏@BBCWomansHour  Julia Gillard tackling Australian misogny on today’s@BBCWomansHour:  Kate Green MP is no stranger to parliamentary plain speaking – she tells Jenni why Julia Gillards blistering speech was magnificent!

Labor attack on Tony Abbott just latest salvo in gender politics Adelaide Now IN a discussion with ABC journalist Emma Alberici on Lateline last week, Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer defended Tony Abbott from Labor attacks criticising his attitudes towards women. O’Dwyer claimed: “What we’re seeing for the very first time in Australian …

Her gender or her judgment The Australian (blog) TWO explanations have been offered for Julia Gillard’s torrid political week. One is that she is suffering for her gender under the onslaught of a sexist, misogynistic campaign led by an unreconstructed Tony Abbott. The second, more plausible …

WATCH: Julie Bishop reflects on politics and accusations ABC Online Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop joins us from Parliament House to reflect on the week’s politics and the latest accusations of sexist comments.

PM must apologise to Abbott women: Bishop Sydney Morning Herald Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop has called on the prime minister to apologise to the women in Tony Abbott’s life after Julia Gillard this week labelled the Liberal leader a misogynist and a sexist. Ms Bishop also defended Mr Abbott’s 1998 suggestion that men might be better suited to exercise authority and the under-representation of women in positions of power might not be a bad thing.

Politicians should be judged by what they achieve The Australian Perhaps it’s a sign of how presidential Australian politics has become, or that Australians – particularly Australian women – are now far less forgiving of our politicians’ flaws…

MP Paul Neville bows out sparking debate about need for more women from … The Australian In the wake of Senator Boyce’s comments about the LNP’s female representation in state and federal parliament, party bosses said they had been working to improve the gender balance with a series of “women in politics” seminars for potential candidates …

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