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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
May 2006 PaNPa bULLETIN | 9 NEWS "It isn't very often as a poli- tician, you get to address rep- resentatives of the media and have them listen to you, rather than interrupt with their next question. Often, the relation- ship between politicians and the media can feel very adversarial. Today, while you are listening -- or at least being polite enough to look like you are listening -- I want to talk about some of the things women in politics and women in the media share. "The shared struggle of get- ting women's voices heard in politics and the media. The shared challenge we face our as our world is remade by chang- ing technology and changing lifestyles. And I hope the shared sense of achievement at how far we have come. The numbers "Women have been histori- cally under-represented in the media and in our Parliaments. In both spheres we have seen striking changes but women have not yet achieved true equality. "The number of women in the House of Representatives dropped to 20 per cent after the 2004 election. It was the first time the proportion of women elected as Members had not improved since the 1980's. On the Labor side, those figures are a bit better: Labor's policies actively targeting gender equity have seen the percentage of women in Labor ranks rise to a third. "In the media, we see promi- nent and respected women journalists like Michelle Grat- tan and Fran Kelly -- and inter- nationally, Kate Adie -- show- ing the boys how it's done. But still, a roll-call of the 'big feet' in Australian journalism has a lot more Michaels and Franks than Michelles and Frans. The impact "As long as women have been fighting for a fair go in politics, the media and indeed every aspect of our modern society, we've been battling not just hos- tility but the perennial question, why does it matter? Do women make a difference? "Well, yes, women do make a difference -- but not in the ways often assumed. Both Parliament and the Press Gallery are adversarial places. Neither place is one in which you can afford to be too polite. In both places you need to show a little fight. Often it has been assumed that increasing the number of women will inev- Julia Gillard, federal opposition Spokesperson for health, spoke at the second annual PanPa Professional Development and networking luncheon. She spoke on the topic of the challenges of today and tomorrow facing women in the media and in politics. australia needs womens’ voices