Julia Gillard misogyny speech tea towel causes a stir at the ALP national conference

Date

Adam Gartrell

Tea towels with the words of former prime minister Julia Gillard's famous misogyny speech are on sale at the ALP ...

Tea towels with the words of former prime minister Julia Gillard's famous misogyny speech are on sale at the ALP national conference in Melbourne. Photo: Andrew Meares


It was widely regarded as one of Julia Gillard's finest moments: the misogyny speech that reverberated around the world with its righteous anger.

Seen by millions, it was a devastating takedown of Tony Abbott that drew praise from world leaders and turned Ms Gillard into a global feminist icon.

And now it can help you get through that mountain of dishes: feminist political network Emily's List has turned the famous speech into a tea towel.

'Misogyny speech' posters are also on sale.

'Misogyny speech' posters are also on sale. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

It's curious symbolism. Why reduce a speech all about female empowerment into a symbol of prosaic domesticity? Does Emily's List have a keen sense of irony?

Advertisement

"No," Lisa Carey, the group's national co-ordinator, told Fairfax Media on Friday. "We just want people to remember it whatever they're doing."

While the tea towels stand out among the ALP T-shirts and Gough Whitlam biographies on offer at Labor's national conference, they're not exactly flying off the shelves: at the end of day one they'd only sold a couple of dozen.

Lisa Carey, Emily's List national co-ordinator, holding one of the tea towels, says the group wants everyone to remember ...

Lisa Carey, Emily's List national co-ordinator, holding one of the tea towels, says the group wants everyone to remember the speech "whatever they're doing". Photo: Andrew Meares

The tea towels are also available on the Emily's List website for $25.

Follow us on Twitter

Related Coverage

First the booing, then a leader's triumph: ALP conference ritual observed

Who would have thought? A deal carrying Bill Shorten through his first national conference as leader, even if there was a scattering of ritual booing first?

Labor conference: Party will be 'condemned by history' if boats restart: Richard Marles

Immigration spokesman Richard Marles has confronted party critics over boat turn-backs, warning a future Labor government would be "condemned by history" and "consumed" if asylum seeker boats restart between Indonesia and Australia.

Labor to slap new minimum tax rate on the super wealthy

Wealthy Australians earning above $300,000 per year could be hit with a new minimum income tax rate under a Shorten Labor government after the ALP agreed to consider implementing the so-called "Buffett rule" for the first time.

Bill Shorten calls for Australian republic by 2025 at Labor national conference

Labor leader Bill Shorten has called for an Australian republic within ten years.

Labor national conference: Bill Shorten's opening speech marred by booing

Labor leader Bill Shorten has delivered his conference speech.