• Peta Credlin, Caroline Jones and Virginia Haussegger

    Peta Credlin, Caroline Jones and Virginia Haussegger

  • Katharine Murphy

    Katharine Murphy

  • Julie Bishop

    Julie Bishop

  • Julie Bishop

    Julie Bishop

  • Julie Bishop

    Julie Bishop

  • Jennifer Dobbin and Jan Hopkins

    Jennifer Dobbin and Jan Hopkins

  • Cathy Bryson

    Cathy Bryson

  • Peta Credlin and Margaret Reid

    Peta Credlin and Margaret Reid

  • Laurie Wilson and Cathy Bryson

    Laurie Wilson and Cathy Bryson

  • Katharine Murphy and Julie Bishop

    Katharine Murphy and Julie Bishop

  • Andrea Close and Pip Blackwood

    Andrea Close and Pip Blackwood

  • Margaret Reid and Margaret Cresswell

    Margaret Reid and Margaret Cresswell

  • Virginia Haussegger and Libby Lloyd

    Virginia Haussegger and Libby Lloyd

  • Tara Taubenschlag and Caroline Jones

    Tara Taubenschlag and Caroline Jones

  • Amanda Whiteley, Tara Taubenschlag, Emma Griffiths and Eliza Borrello

    Amanda Whiteley, Tara Taubenschlag, Emma Griffiths and Eliza Borrello

  • Lucia Hill and Elizabeth McGrath

    Lucia Hill and Elizabeth McGrath

  • Gemma Haines and Kenny Ang

    Gemma Haines and Kenny Ang

  • Peta Credlin and Misha Schubert

    Peta Credlin and Misha Schubert

Julie Bishop @ NPC for Women in Media

29 October 2014

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.