She was held to different standards than the men before her, but still managed to pass legislation at a rate higher than Bob Hawke.
But it’s 12 sacred words – I will not be lectured on sexism and misogyny by this man – that capture the true cost of her leadership; emotional labour.
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Gillard entered a position without a precedent set for women, and she paid the emotional price.
But now, thanks to the woman named Kate who passed Julia Gillard a note on a flight recently, our gratitude has been put into words.
Tweeting the letter on Tuesday night, Gillard wrote “Thanks to Kate, who passed this note to me on a flight recently. I didn’t get to meet you to thank you, but I really appreciate your generous words.”
Thanks to Kate, who passed this note to me on a flight recently. I didn’t get to meet you to thank you, but I really appreciate your generous words. pic.twitter.com/6uWGQFWLha
— Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) June 18, 2019
The letter perfectly articulates the personal sacrifices that Gillard made as PM – throwing herself into a position that sets women up to fail.
“Dear Julia, you’ve done more than your share of emotional labour for our country already, so I won’t interrupt you during what I am sure is some rare peace and quiet,” the letter reads.