Putting the political views aside, Julia Gillard definitely set a great example for women, especially for young women with big aspirations. Gillard and her Prime Minister experience demonstrated that talent women can be a leader in a top rated structure. For young women, it is even more exciting and encouraging.
It is sad that she was ousted in such way. However, politics is brutal. Not just even women. History proves it time and time again. Even Penny Wong switched her support for Julia on Wednesday, but I still believe that nothing is personal and there is no mercy in politics. Gillard probably saw it coming. Unfortunately, she was not able to redeem the situation.
At the end day, I like what Gillard said in her final speech. “(The) reaction to being the first female Prime Minister does not explain everything about my Prime Ministership, nor does it explain nothing about my Prime Ministership.”
This leaves a lot to contemplate. Apparently, she had hard times in the parliament house. I imagine endless bulling, negotiation and compromise would be involved.
Generally, in a male dominated profession or a boys club, it can be hard to break the ice without know the men’s talk. (Footy, cars, golf and etc) Being a female leadership in a boys club can be even harder. You need to earn respect to lead with authority. If the boys don’t think you can do the job and refuse your leadership, you can be in big trouble. I would imaging endless negations and compromising have been involved.
At least, we have now had a female Prime Minister in Australia. It is thanks to pioneers like Gillard that the next, the third and more people with ‘minority’ backgrounds can reach the top leadership club.