I’ve been meaning to ask you all how you’re feeling since our new Minister for the Status of Women was (self)appointed? How have your lives as women improved since MSW started? Personally, just knowing that someone so capable, engaged and feminist is in the chair makes me sleep oh-so-soundly at night.
I jest. On a more serious note however, if you have come up with a strategy for dealing with the next three years please email it through to us at info[at]feminaust.org, we’d love to share it with the feminaust community!
I’ve been thinking about this a lot – not just from an individual perspective, but also what this means for the women’s movement. His public comments about women and their place in society are largely concerning for anyone with a brain and a belief in gender equality.
Perhaps this MSW will – unintentionally – help to strengthen the cohesion and activism of the women’s movement. There’s nothing like a common enemy! But seriously, if this guy is going to be intimately involved in shaping policies and programs directed at Aussie shielas then we should be fighting to be part of the conversation. With the previous Labor government, we had the luxury of strong feminist women in Cabinet (even though we still saw the single mothers payments reduced), and could afford to be a little less engaged. Sadly, though, I think that time is over. If we don’t want to see more of Zoe’s Law, for example, then we’d better be paying attention and making some noise.
One of the benefits of this MSW, conversely, is that he will invariably be subject to a large amount of media scrutiny and public discourse on issues affecting women. Therein is the opportunity! We should also be looking out for allies, not traditionally associated with the women’s movement, (hello head of the Australian army Lieutenant General David Morrison!) to further take advantage of this space.
Keen to hear your thoughts and strategies feminausts!