Julia Gillard is the current Prime Minister of Australia. She is not only the first female Prime Minister, but also the the first female Leader of the Labor Party. She is unmarried and has no children, but lives with her male partner. She also identifies as atheist, but not anti-religious.
Some of Julia's policies:
She is working to improve healthcare by increasing placements for medical students and increasing the number of scholarships for nursing students. She also negotiated a $1.8 billion package to help fund rural hospitals during her re-election.
She is a big proponent for off-shore processing of asylum seekers.
She highly values education. She extended tax-cuts to parents to help them pay for their children's school uniforms and has developed a website where parents can view statistics about the schools their children attend.
She supports the right to legal abortion.
She does not support same-sex marriage.
Recently, Julia made the news when she called out her opponent Tony Abbott for being hypocritical and a misogynist. Abbott is quoting have said things like, "If it's true that men have more power, generally speaking, than women, is that a bad thing?" and calling Julia a "man's bitch".
Some of Julia's greatest statements when she called Abbott out on his behavior included: "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," and "The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynist are not appropriate for high office. Well I hope the leader of the opposition has got a piece of paper and is writing out his resignation."
Here is a video of her speech:
One of the major critiques Julia receives are that she is also hypocritical for not supporting same-sex marriage. What are your thoughts about Julia? Is she a feminist? Can a person be a feminist if they don't support LGBT rights as well as women's rights? If she isn't a feminist, can she still be observed as a good role model?
I look forward to your comments!