Australian PM Takes on Sexism

Margaret Thatcher must be smiling. In an impassioned 15-minute speech to the Australian Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched a blistering counterattack on opposition leader Tony Abbott, calling him sexist and misogynistic. Her words were in response to Abbott’s claim that her support of Peter Slipper—a close ally who resigned after accusations of sexist text messages—was a display of bias. “I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man,” she exclaimed. “If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia ... he needs a mirror.”