Everyday Sexism. Deliberately Barren.

Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates, Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2014. Pg 56;

“When Australian prime minister Julia Gillard was accused of being a hard-hearted harpy for not having a husband and children, the suspicion of her ‘un-womanliness’ somehow carried over into an irrational questioning of her political ability. (New South Wales senator Bill Heffernan famously claimed Gillard was unfit to lead the country specifically because she was ‘deliberately barren’- not a charge likely to be levelled against any male politician.)”



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