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Sugar and spice, and all things nice. That’s what we’re apparently made of. And sure, I generally have a fair grasp of manners and etiquette. I’ve even been accused of being a ‘modern manners advisor’, which I’d guess is an old-fashioned synonym for ‘woman who likes to be treated respectfully’, but I wouldn’t want to put words in Steve Braunias’ mouth.
Today, however, I don’t feel particularly ‘nice’. I feel decidedly fed up, and my manners are about to go flying out the window.
Where the fuck are the women leaders? And before you start rattling off a list of names, I know that there are women leaders out there; awesome ladies who have smashed through glass ceilings to blaze their own trails. But why in 2016 are men still running the world?
We’ve had three waves of feminism, and we’re into the fourth. We’ve had Aunty Helen show us that girls really can do anything. We’re outnumbering the lads at universities all around the globe. We have Hillary Clinton kicking ass in the US, Angela Merkel ruling the roost in Europe and any number of smart and capable women smashing through boundaries in their own lives…
But we are still vastly, enormously outnumbered when it comes to holding positions of power.
I don’t just want Hillary Clinton to be president, I want there to be a group of other female presidential candidates taking on the white male gridlock that we’ve currently got going on. I want black women. Indigenous women. Women with disabilities. Lesbian and bisexual women. Trans women. All kinds of women to shake things up.
And sorry, Bernie. The last thing I want is another old white man to be the leader of the free world. I am not feeling the Bern. Not even slightly.
I don’t just want Diane Foreman to be blazing a trail in the business world, I want a group of badass women right there beside her. And I want those women to fix the system so that low-paid but vital, traditionally female-dominated industries will be valued rather than exploited.
I don’t just want Dame Patsy Reddy to be our Governor-General, I want the parliament she heads up as the Queen’s representative to have many, many more than 39 female MPs out of 121. I want another female Prime Minister. I want a gender equal cabinet. Manners be damned – I want, I want, I want.
I want change, and I want it now.
And I’m not going to apologise for that.