Julia Gillard: A Murderous Rage

Publisher:
John Benjamins
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Discourse, Politics and Women as Global Leaders, 2015, pp. 149 - 167
Issue Date:
2015-11-03
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This chapter charts the political career of Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female Prime Minister (2010-2013), and argues that three intertwined discourses of gender have shaped how she was perceived and represented in the political domain and in the media. First, Gillard was faced with the challenge such as the double bind, by which female leaders are expected to demonstrate qualities stereotypically associated with masculinity, and at the same time, to display qualities stereotypically associated with femininity, such as warmth, nurturance and empathy. Second, Gillard faced sexist abuse in politics and media which labeled her as an unintelligible being. Third, in acts of strategic essentialism, Gillard condemned the misogyny she endured, repositioning herself as a coherent political force and marking the re-emergence of feminism in Australian politics.
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