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Taim bilong ol meri? As Gillard visits PNG, women are listening

Julia Gillard makes for an unusual sight in Papua New Guinea — a female politician. Reform to put more women in PNG’s Parliament is slow and agonising, writes journalist Jo Chandler in the latest edition of GriffithREVIEW.

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The Liberal history of women in parliament

Crikey readers weigh in on the issues of the day: Liberal women in parliament, Radio National and ranking journalists.

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The Daily Beast | EUROPE|

Why you shouldn’t underestimate Merkel

She’s been dubbed the world’s most powerful woman. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held on to power despite global economy crashes and a euro crisis. Joshua Hammer explains how she does it.

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Politics of misogyny, or misogyny of politics … you decide

Plenty of placards at the anti-carbon tax rally were misogynist. Problem is, they reflect our political culture, not differ from it.

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Female MPs: you’re either a mum, or the owner of an empty fruit bowl

Far more than men, female politicians have their political identities framed around their family and relationship situation.

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‘So what if she doesn’t have a male handbag?’: female ex-MPs fight back

Crikey asked three female former politicians for their take on women in politics and whether anything has changed.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The attacks on Gillard’s gender continue

A scathing article on PM Gillard by Nikki Savva in today’s Oz is apparently not-at-all-gendered. Oh, because so many male politicians described as “bitchy”, are criticised for their hairdressing decisions and get told that “a bit of exercise wouldn’t go astray”? asks Jeremy Sear.

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The sisterhood? Jesus. How about common decency?

The growing media obsession with both Julia Gillard’s physical appearance and her marital status could be dismissed as indicative of both the essential inanity of the press and its casual sexism. But it’s more than that.

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Cox: vote 1, trust, seems to be the order of the day

The election campaign is on. And the first to be led by a female PM! This is the type of change we once naively hoped would signal more attention to better social outcomes, rather than the economic ones.

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Gillard’s rise: 157 years (and some trailblazing) in the making

I know I am not the only Australian who is quietly blessing those trail-blazers of the past for clearing the rocky road to Gillard’s momentous climb to the top job, writes Dr Clare Wright.

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Herald Sun | FEDERAL|

Greer: Women don’t support women, but go Julia!

Julia Gillard isn’t a woman of principle, she’s about whatever will help her win the next election. But electing a female PM won’t necessarily change the status of women, writes Germaine Greer.

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The Daily Telegraph | LINKS|

Goward: Kristina Keneally gives women a bad name

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally acts like a bitchy girl in parliament, making personal comments about dress and appearance. If she’s such a feminist, why resort to typical sexist remarks? asks Liberal MLA Pru Goward.

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| FEDERAL|

Sisters are doing it for themselves, and only themselves

Four years ago, four women senators from a variety of political parties cosponsored and passed a bill in support of the abortion pill RU486. Why was this a one-off? Why don’t we have a women’s caucus and more collective action?

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

All the powerful ladies, now put your hand up

How does feminism mix with power and the media? Now female pollies get the photoshopping treatment, but where are all the ladies on the Fin Review’s Power 2009 list? asks Helen Westerman

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Sheehan: Feminism makes a comeback in Higgins

Kelly O’Dwyer has won pre-selection for Peter Costello’s electorate, the safe Liberal seat of Higgins. She will infuse much needed young female blood into the Liberal Party, writes Paul Sheehan.

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Helen Coonan: Labor rewrites history on female participation

The propensity of the Labor Party to rewrite history was on clear display yesterday with the triumphal chest beating of Labor women Ministers at the expense of the Liberal Party. How wrong they are! writes Helen Coonan.

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The Courier-Mail | FEDERAL|

Parliamentary sisters are doing it for themselves

The feminisation of the Rudd government “seems to be the end of tokenism, with women pollies no longer a novelty”, writes Dr Paul Williams. Will Julia Gillard and Nicola Roxon be battling it out for first female PM?

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The Guardian | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Sock it to ‘em: a little respect for political women

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton shouldn’t field questions about her husband’s opinion or her political legitimacy. Unfortunately for women in politics this is “depressingly familiar”.

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BBC | THE REST|

Kuwait elects its first female MPs

Five women have been elected to Kuwait’s Parliament, only three years after women were extended the right to vote in the country.

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Where are the strong Liberal women?

The Liberal Party needs the votes of women to win the next election but only high-profile women can win preselection for the Party, writes an angry SA Liberal.

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US08: Snapping Hillary “crazy-face” Clinton

Hillary Clinton is a woman of many faces. She’s emotionally devoid, unlikeable, teary, weak and often downright frightening. Or at least she would be if pictures, like the wealth of Crazy Hillary snaps splayed across the media, really do tell a thousand words, writes Crikey intern Emma Rugg.

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Crikey Says

Does anyone honestly imagine that Brendan Nelson is up to the job? Is it even remotely conceivable that he could be the man with the vision and political wherewithal to lead the Liberal Party back from the brink of what looks to all the world like a steaming pit of backbiting and recrimination?

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