Former prime minister Julia Gillard has defended her country after British television host Piers Morgan branded Australia “the epitome of misogyny and sexism”.
Ms Gillard appeared on Morgan’s show Good Morning Britain alongside actress Rose McGowan ahead of International Women’s Day.
But when Morgan stated that Australia is a country presumed by many as “kind of the epitome of misogyny and sexism”, Ms Gillard was quick to hit back.
“I think that’s a little harsh on my country because there are issues for women in politics right around the world and leading women in all industries, including the creative arts and Hollywood, as Rose knows only too well.”
Confirming to Morgan that she remains Australia’s only female who has held the top job, Gillard detailed some aspects of the job that she found unequal to her male counterparts.
“For me, there was far too much airtime taken by irrelevant issues about gender, what I was wearing, the fact I don’t have kids, my body shape which got a fair bit of commentary from my earlobes to everything else,” she said.
“A lot, lot more than a man would get.”
Ms Gillard will be joining Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle as part of a women’s day panel in London on Friday.
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