Outspoken harridans, school marms, bad mothers, bad fashion and conspicuously empty fruit bowls – that’s right, in this episode we’re talking about Women Leaders. We pay special attention to this question:

Why Aren’t There More Women Leaders?

We’ll discuss why there aren’t more, what barriers they face, what female leadership looks like, and why there should be more.

In episode 8 I erroneously attributed the infamous ” deliberately barren” insult slung at  former PM Julia Gillard to Joel Fitzgibbons; it was Bill Heffernan. I knew Fitzgibbon had form though, and here it is.
It was Joel Fitzgibbons who in 2011 gave a ‘cat call’ (ie. a Meow) to then Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop; comparing her to a riled up cat, an angry pussy if you like. And you know what pussy cats are euphemisms for. This was after senator David Bushby did the same thing to Penny Wong.


Shrews Untamed Show Notes

We always encourage you to read through our show notes. It’s important to us to acknowledge the sources of the information we use in our pod. A big shrewy thankyou to:

Kathryn Murphy, The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/17/the-meaning-of-morrisons-mantra-about-getting-a-fair-go-is-clear-its-conditional

Caitlin Johnstone, The Big Smoke: https://www.thebigsmoke.com.au/2019/05/14/true-feminism-more-than-vote-factory-feminism/?fbclid=IwAR2cUA4wlbqVwOjJul6Cdp6hmm5rJwowACGljs9gHSNnHbY5JQKUMeu2KrE

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Social Contract Theory: https://iep.utm.edu/soc-cont/#H1

The House of Lords/House of Commons: https://www.parliament.uk/

Blair Williams, ABC: Media Gender Stereotypes Worse for Gillard Than for Thatcher: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/media-gender-stereotypes-worse-for-gillard-than-for-thatcher/11996326

Blair Williams, The Conversation: Expect Sexism: Gender politics expert on Gillard’s findings: https://theconversation.com/expect-sexism-a-gender-politics-expert-reads-julia-gillards-women-and-leadership-142725?fbclid=IwAR0H_uEUpXzbvX331ZIqIra-hwArb47PMxtgmh3uwD-3klyxW0o0fYH1go0

The Guardian, Thatcher Funeral Protests: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/14/thatcher-funeral-protesters-police

Michael Lallo, Sydney Morning Herald: Karl Stefanovic’s Sexim Experiement: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/karl-stefanovics-sexism-experiment-today-presenter-wears-same-suit-for-a-year-20141115-11ncdz.html

The Ernie Awards for Sexist Behaviour: http://ernies.com.au/about/

Facts and figures: Leadership and political participation: https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/leadership-and-political-participation/facts-and-figures

Leigh Sales on Speaking Out: https://twitter.com/leighsales/status/1286073302822182913

Ginger Gorman, The Investigative Journalist with Heart: https://www.facebook.com/investigativejournalistwithheart

Buzz Feed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/penny-wong-on-marriage-equality-and-not-wanting-to-be-pm

Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/marianneschnall/2020/05/18/ten-prominent-women-spotlight-need-forwomens-leadershipduring-pandemic/#5e13f82b2498

Sexist Menu: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/12/gillard-menu-sexist-liberal-dinner

Karl’s Suit: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/karl-stefanovics-sexism-experiment-today-presenter-wears-same-suit-for-a-year-20141115-11ncdz.html

And thankyou, thankyou thankyou to our sponsor for this episode:

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