Democracy Sausage podcast: Women in politics - special

18 November 2019

Episode summary

Democracy Sausage turns its attention to women in politics – our experts tell us the challenges, and what we need to do to fix it.

This week on the Democracy Sausage podcast Mark Kenny and the panel – Virginia Haussegger AM, Blair Williams, and Meegan Fitzharris – take a look at how to get more women in politics, what it’s like for women who are already in politics, and why a representative parliament needs a diversity of voices. The panel also discuss the media’s treatment of women in parliament, the high number of women standing aside in the UK’s upcoming election, and tackle some of your questions and comments.

Episode notes

This episode has been produced to mark the upcoming Women for Election Equip forum at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy on 26 November. The forum is a one day event of workshops and talks designed for women who may be considering a career in politics, either as a candidate or working on a campaign. To register go to:

Blair Williams is an ANU PhD candidate who has recently submitted a comparative study of first women Prime Ministers, gender performativity, and the media.

Virginia Haussegger AM is an award-winning television journalist, writer, and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.

Meegan Fitzharris is a Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Leadership at ANU College of Health and Medicine. She is a former Labor Member of the Legislative Assembly for Molonglo and Yerrabi and was the ACT government’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

Mark Kenny is a Senior Fellow in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.

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