The Brief: Women in politics

Creating space for female representation

Blair Williams, Edwina Landale

Government and governance, Arts, culture & society | Australia

3 December 2018

This week on The Brief podcast, we take a look at whether the tide is turning for women in Australian politics and the media.

Women face a considerable challenge getting into politics, and it doesn’t necessarily get any easier once they’re there. In Australia, the total number of women in parliament is just over 30 per cent, and their treatment by male colleagues at times leaves a lot to be desired. So what can Australia do to create more space for women in politics and policy-making?

In her final episode as presenter of The Brief, Edwina Landale chats with Blair Williams about why Australia’s Liberal and Labor parties differ when it comes to gender quotas and safe seats, how female politicians are represented in the media, and whether Australian politics is becoming more or less gendered. Listen here: https://simplecast.com/s/afa979d6

Blair Williams is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University working on a comparative study of women prime ministers, and is the Social Media Coordinator for the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women’s Caucus.

Edwina Landale is the presenter of The Brief. She is a student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the ANU.

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 This episode of Policy Forum Pod was written and produced by Edwina Landale.

To read the transcript of this podcast, click here.

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