More Dumb Sexism: Ten Powerful Women Insecure Men Fear

The main source of ire towards Gillard appears to come from her decision not to have children. “Anyone who has chosen to remain deliberately barren … they’ve got no idea about what life’s about,” said Senator Bill Hefferman in 2007. Then last year, Mark Latham, the former Labor leader, said: “Having children is the great loving experience of any lifetime. And by definition you haven’t got as much love in your life if you make that particular choice. She’s on the public record saying she made a deliberate choice not to have children to further her parliamentary career.” He claimed she lacked empathy, adding: “I’ve also had some experience where around small children she was wooden. And I think the two go together.”

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