WOMEN IN POLITICS: WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS IF THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

WOMEN IN POLITICS: WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS IF THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

I was reading an article by Lisa Visentin in the Sydney Morning Herald about Angela Vithoulkas which was distressing.  Angela is one of our Influencers on Mrs V Society and above all, my good friend.

The article refers to some leaked emails and without going into too much detail, the main point that showed up for me, is how two men labelled Angela as a “Shameless self-promotor” and characterised her networking events as an attempt to “find a husband”.

The alleged leak reveals the difficult role of being a woman in politics at any age.  To attack a woman about her looks or about her relationship status is unfortunately seen too often in the media. Our previous Prime Minister Julia Gillard suffered the same attacks on her wardrobe and looks.  The boy banter revealed is not appropriate and shows such immaturity in a place where we need strong and fair leadership. In fact, only 27.4 per cent of key management positions are held by women, along with just 15.4 per cent of CEO positions, according to the WGEA’s gender equality scorecard released last year. So, why are there so few women in leadership roles?

I can only imagine how challenging Angela’s role as Councillor has been, as it is for any woman in politics. What I have seen and noticed across her career, is her incredible commitment and integrity.  I dipped into politics for one second when doing campaign management and I hated it, I am too sensitive to survive the battering of dishonesty, backstabbing and bullying – so I applaud you Angela, for wanting to make a difference in such a hostile and difficult environment. 

Clover Moore I applaud for being a woman and able to get into politics over 30 years ago. However, I do hope Angela is elected, she has been a committed Councillor for 4 years, run her own successful business for over 20 years and importantly her heart and integrity is what is needed desperately today.

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