Posted by: PharaohKatt | 24-06-2010

And there was great rejoicing!

Australia has a female Prime Minister.

I’m going to repeat that because I’m still having trouble believing it.

Australia has a female Prime Minister!
The Honorary Julia Gillard became the first woman to hold the title of Prime Minister of Australia earlier today. She was sworn in by our first female Governer General.
I’m still having trouble believing that this actually happened!!

Today I am not listening to people who make sexist jokes at her expense. Today I’m not listening to people who say our country is now doomed. Today I’m not listening to people who say she not fit because she’s childless, or atheist, or unmarried.
Because today I weep for joy.

I stuck her photo on the staff room cupboard with the words “Gillard Newe PM” cut out of the newspaper. I wrote a message on the whiteboard in my room so that everyone could see my joy. I bought cake and chocolates for my coworkers so we could celebrate together. Because I am so unbelievably happy right now.

I tried to explain it to one of our students. She wanted to know why this made me so happy; all my coworkers did. I looked at my room full of toddlers and babies. My room mostly filled with children presumed female.
And I said, these children are growing up in a world where a woman can be Prime Minister. It’s not a dream, or a hope, it s a fact. That is the world these children are growing up in.

I couldn’t keep the break out of my voice, or the tears from my eyes. Because today it became a reality.

Australia has a female Prime Minister!

And I can’t help but weep with joy.

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