Women are scared to enter politics because of their past. I was one of them

Editorial / Opinion Piece / Blog Post

April 23, 2021

Women are scared to enter politics because of their past. I was one of them


‘I know many women who are scared to enter public life because they are concerned that their private sex lives would become a topic for public discussion.’ Photograph: woocat/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Almost 10 years ago, I worked as a topless waitress. I never realised the profound impact those few months would have on my entire life

If we’ve learned anything over the past few weeks, it’s that we need more women in politics, not less.

It’s no secret that women are held to a different standard to men in politics. The gendered criticism of Julia Gillard is an example that still sits at the forefront of many of our minds. Countless female staffers and politicians are reflecting on how they are treated everyday solely due to their gender.

But one thing that some don’t realise is that gender disparity affects women long before we are even elected to our parliaments. There’s something holding us back from trying to get there in the first place.

Being a millennial with a digital footprint, a topic that regularly comes up in conversation with other women with political aspirations, is our pasts becoming the subject of public discussion in a way that would never happen to a man.

Click here to read the full article published by The Guardian on 5 April 2021.

Georgie Purcell
The Guardian
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