SYDNEY: Australia’s first female premier Julia Gillard has opened up for the first time on thesexism that plagued her leadership and her famous misogyny speech in her final interviewbefore being ousted.
Gillard, an unmarried, atheist lawyer, was dumped as Australia’s prime minister by herruling Labor party last month, almost three years to the day since she toppled Kevin Rudd — now reinstated as PM — in a shock coup.
Her time in office was marred by slights on her gender and sometimes violently sexist commentary, including from members of the conservative opposition, prompting a fiery speech about misogyny last year that went viral and earned her global accolades.
The galvanising speech on the floor of parliament saw her become a torch-bearer for women around the world.
Welsh-born Gillard opened up for the first time at length about the sexism she faced in what would ultimately be her final interview as prime minister, telling author Anne Summers you “wouldn’t be human if you had no reaction to it”.