Julia Gillard’s Iconic Misogyny Speech Gives us a Mid-week Boost!

There’s nothing like a strong woman using her voice! And former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s famous misogyny speech gives us all the life we need to make it through the rest of the week!

Julia Gillard via The Guardian

Now, I don’t know about you, but for me? I consider watching other women get righteously pissed about things that are just wrong as self-care. And one video I’ve returned to time and again is the famous “Misogyny Speech”, delivered by former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard to opposition leader/frat clown Tony Abbott.

In 15-minute body slam of a speech, Gillard tears Abbott a proverbial new one, and gives us all a lesson on misogyny in the process. “I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man; I will not,” Gillard begins, gesturing toward Abbott. She continues:

And the government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever. The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynists are not appropriate for high office. Well, I hope the leader of the opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation. Because if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the house of representatives, he needs a mirror.

Jezebel, who called Gillard “one badass motherf**ker,” explained the context behind the prime minister’s impassioned attack:

Abbott [had] demanded that Peter Slipper, the Speaker of the House, step down for allegedly sexually harassing an openly gay male staff member in a series of text messages, one of which apparently compared female genitalia to mussels… Abbott then implied that if Gillard defended Slipper, she would be just as sexist as a gay man who talks sh*t on vaginas.

The speech is almost ten years old, but it never ceases to give us the boost we need to power through to Friday. And not for nothing, but the speech was also voted the most unforgettable moment in Australian television… So if you don’t believe us that it’s that good, maybe you’ll believe all of Australia!

The full transcript is available here for accessibility or if you want to lift a quote for a hand-made greeting card. Let this serve as your reminder to speak up, hold folks accountable and never back down!


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