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The inaugural keynote address for the newly convened ACT chapter of Women in Media was with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop at the podium at the National Press Club. As our first female Foreign Minister she has had a whirlwind start to a portfolio that is increasingly demanding in the international arena and for her distressing no doubt with the Malaysian MH 17 plane blasted out of the sky over eastern Ukraine testing her resolve for the families of the Australian passengers to bring them home. She’s impressed all with her diplomacy skills notably recently with the man known for showing his muscles not his compassion, though not ‘shirtfronting’ him as the PM plans to do but eyeballing him in Italy; and we all know the Bishop stare is a frightening thing.
But for the media this address was newsworthy for her dispensing with the feminist tag, she just does not describe herself as a feminist, not seeing her life through the prism of gender and dismissing the glass ceiling because she just doesn’t acknowledge it.
Yes Minister Bishop eschews the labels and just gets on with what she does best.
For this address she did acknowledge many of the women in media she knows well and supports their efforts for this organsiation, particularly acknowledging the admirable Caroline Jones as the patron, and the presence of Margaret Reid, a friend, supporter and distinguished guest at this lunch
To finish her address Bishop used a famous quote from the quotable Madeleine Albright former United States Secretary of State, that “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”, I wonder if that’s just what feminism is all about anyway.