Aah 2015, the year that sexism died and Australia became the feminist utopia we’ve all been fighting for.
We have our very own Bachelorette now, we just hooked ourselves a female Minister for Women in Michaelia Cash and we have five, count them, FIVE women in the our new Prime Minister’s cabinet — out of 21 ministers that is pretty much parity, isn’t it?
What a year it’s been.
Our previous Prime Minister repealed that pesky carbon tax so housewives could breathe easy over the family budget, only 64 women have been murdered as a result of domestic violence, the gender pay gap is at a record high and… oh, bloody hell, things are worse than ever!
Yes, Tony Abbott might have lost the top job, but his legacy will live on at the Ernie Awards For Sexist Remarks in Sydney this evening, where he has received no less than five nominations.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Ernies, it’s Australian feminism’s night of nights where 300 of our finest will gather to sift through more than 200 sexist gaffes made by public figures over the past year.
The nominees receive a silver Ernie for each brilliantly backward quote, while the overall winner gets the gold — decided by whichever receives the loudest boo from the crowd.
Here 10 of the top contenders (in no particular order):
1. Tony Abbott
Aside from the aforementioned comments regarding the carbon tax (sigh), Abbott is also nominated for spending International Women’s Day at a local fire station recieving an award for his volunteer service — while he was Minister for Women, that is. We can only guess what the other three were for.
2. The Queensland Liberal National Party
On the topic of International Women’s Day indiscretions, remember when the Queensland LNP decided to celebrate theirs by hosting a lunch at an MEN-ONLY club?
2. Mark Latham
There are any number of reasons why Latham could have received a nomination, but this one is for that time @RealMarkLatham tweeted “@RosieBatty1 Australian of the Year dividing the nation on the basis of gender. You owe my wife daughter and mother a massive apology.”