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Jakarta Post

Defending women in politics

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Wed, October 31 2012   /  09:51 am

On Oct. 9 Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended herself against opposition party leader Tony Abbott’s attack on women. Abbott’s statements, the likes of: “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing…,” and “If the Prime Minister wants to, politically speaking, make an honest woman of herself…,” and similar condescending remarks were thrown back at him.

Gillard stated that people who hold sexist views are not appropriate for high office, and thus advised Abbott to resign. Apart from the likelihood of whether that will happen or not, we need to highlight that there have been examples of women being defended in politics.

The act of defending women can also be practiced by men. One example of this is US President Barack Obama. His famous line, “I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons” was ap...