So we have it. First female PM – and other “firsts”, as well (dumping of a PM in his first term, etc). Can anyone think of another unmarried PM? If there has been one, it must have been a good long time ago.

And it’s exciting and it’s thrilling and a Big Moment.

But it’s still a moment to remember that the hardest battle for feminism has never been the struggle for a few women to make their way right to the top. As important as it is to have women at the top, the hard grind is about improving the lives of the most vulnerable women.

At least Gillard seems a lot more likely to remember this than this than that other #firstfemalepm, Margaret Thatcher, who presided over an all-male (at one stage) and highly patriachal cabinet.

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