ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents -

Look, I know what you’re think­ing. Is the no­tion of a woman in power re­ally such a big deal in 2016? To which the an­swer, I’m afraid, is yes. In less than a month the US will have de­cided whether to make his­tory in elect­ing their first fe­male pres­i­dent in Hil­lary Clin­ton – or make his­tory in elect­ing their first re­al­ity-tv-made pres­i­dent in Don­ald Trump. Closer to home and Julie Bishop, the Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs, is nav­i­gat­ing the highs and lows re­served for Aus­tralia’s most pow­er­ful woman. While she’s not the first fe­male to rise to the top ranks of gov­ern­ment, she is the first to do so in de­signer-clad style. Her Ar­mani wardrobe and su­per-fit physique have made in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy look ap­peal­ing to young women who might oth­er­wise have steered clear of a ca­reer in pol­i­tics. Does she need to look good to be taken se­ri­ously? Of course not. But it’s also time to bury the ar­chaic be­lief that she shouldn’t be taken se­ri­ously be­cause she does. Sar­rah

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