… guess this is why women were a little fucking pissed at the idea that the leader of a party would comment on his female candidate’s sex appeal during an election campaign.
This article in the Business Review Weekly on Prime Minister Abbott’s newly announced Australian Cabinet by Fiona Smith is fabulous. As she points out:
This is what happens when you ignore the issue of gender equity and stick to the myth that quality always rises to the top.
What rises to the top is a frothy layer of well-connected men, who feel comfortable promoting each other to positions of power and influence.
There is no point allowing the boy’s club to prosper and then, when you have reached Government, turning around to ask with a mask of astonishment: “But where are the women?”.
At that point, it is too late to simply stick a woman in a career elevator and shoot her, untried and unprepared, to the top.
Abbott has announced his ministry today, which includes four women in the outer ministry. Sussan Ley will be Minister for Human Services and Marise Payne will be Minister for Human Services. Assistant ministers will be Senator Fiona Nash as Assistant Minister for Health and Senator Michaelia Cash as Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection as well as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women.
The Liberal Party has been notoriously opposed to quotas for female candidates. One of the greatest myths in business and politics is that affirmative action represents some kind of terrible interference with merit-based selection processes… like, we otherwise arrive at a situation where all the positions of power happen to be filled by white men with rich backgrounds purely through ability, and that this has nothing what so ever to do with a social network “promoting opportunities for defined groups”.