Gender and Politics in the media

AU: PM brings needle to election. Women ablaze: Australia’s fiery gender-war election.

Julia Gillard’s push for the women’s vote has been ramped up again with a photograph of the prime minister knitting in an armchair released by the Australian Women’s Weekly today.

 

Julia Gillard: Knitting shows another side of me Women’s Agenda In the photo, Gillard is knitting a toy kangaroo as a gift for the Royal baby due in July. It’ll appear in the latest edition of the Weekly, on sale tomorrow. In an interview with the magazine’s associate editor Caroline Overington, Gillard says her life is full of often “combative engagements” and that she hopes she’s achieved an image that shows women don’t need to shy away from adversarial environments like parliament.

“But that’s not all of me. [Knitting the kangaroo] is an opportunity to show a side of me,” Gillard says, adding that she knits for babies because they’re “smaller projects” that can be completed in a limited amount of time.

PM brings needle to election, appearing in a women … dailytelegraph.com.au IN her toughest week, facing sinking opinion polls and soaring opposition, Prime Minister Julia …

Australia’s Leader Ousted in Vote by Her Own Party New York Times (blog) SYDNEY, Australia — The former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday pulled off one of the most sensational political comebacks in this country’s history, ousting in a party vote the woman who replaced him as leader of the Labor Party in a …

Australian women make plan for husbands Otago Daily Times SYDNEY: In this country, where they fine men and women who fail to enrol themselves for the right to vote, there is no room for activity of the kind which makes one wonder how cable editors contrive to devise new headings for outrages by suffragettes.

Abbott was ‘drunk’ during GFC vote: Swan Ninemsn June 25, 2013: The government has accused Tony Abbott of missing a crucial vote on asylum seeker police because he was ‘drunk’. The personal attacks followed coalition attempts to embarrass Julia Gillard over her Women’s Weekly photo shoot.

Gender equality at work? We need it at home first Women’s Agenda I believe that in order for the wider world to further progress gender equality we need to first change what happens behind closed doors. Don’t get me wrong, things aren’t perfect in my home; like everyone else we experience a constant balancing act …

Women missing out on public sector top jobs in G20 countries SmartCompany.com.au Australia is one of just four countries in the G20 with a third or more of women represented at senior levels across the public sector, with 37% in leadership positions out of 57% female employees in the sector. Schreiber says Australia’s high ranking …

Pickard wants more women at the top The West Australian What has worried CfP chief executive Marion Fulker is that the under representation of women in Australia’s executive ranks is worst in the materials and energy sectors, which are the dominant industries in WA. She says of equal concern is Department …

Voters refuse to buy into Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s knitting photo shoot …  The Australian It shows her doing what many other women in the country do.” Prospect’s Marilyn Sieradzan said it was a nice gesture for Prince William and Kate’s impending new born. “She looks more homely and it will help her get the female vote. I think it’s a nice …

PM brings needle to election, appearing in a women’s magazine knitting a toy … Perth Now Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young questioned whether the photo would appeal to female voters. “I think people are sick and tired of this kind of personal politics,” she told Sky News. “They want to know what politicians stand for and what …

Women ablaze: Australia’s fiery gender-war election MSN News And one of the loudest battles recently, with about two months left before the elections, is between the country’s female voters and is led by their standard-bearer, Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “Sorry Julia. But women aren’t buying the gender wars …

Australian election: who cares if our candidates are ‘nice’? The Guardian Gillard may be the nicest woman in the world. There’s no doubt that she’s pretty tough. Admirable. Inspirational. Big whoop. But I’m an Australian voter, not Gillard’s life coach. She can be as tough as reinforced armadillo hide, it makes no difference …

Andy McSmith’s Diary: Spin master hopes Julia Gillard can bounce back with a… The Independent But then party headquarters decided that Falkirk should have an all-women shortlist, and attention switched to Karie Murphy, a former union official, who is office manager for the Labour vice chairman, Tom Watson, and is on good terms with Len …

Gillard right to play gender card New Zealand Herald With some justification, therefore, she has made her gender a political issue. But has it been a proportional response to the misogynistic attacks meted out, or used simply for her own political gain? By July, 2011, a Facebook page had been created …

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