Oh Pru Goward, you’ve pissed a lot of women off today. My hand is raised. BOTH my hands are raised, in fact. And possibly my feet as well.
This is a huge Sydney story these past few days so for those not across it, the basics are this:
Jackie O co-hosts Sydney’s most popular FM radio breakfast shift with Kyle Sandilands. She had a baby late last year and came back to work in February, working from a studio that her employers set up in the home she shares with her husband Lee in the country.
Last week, she was filmed crossing a road (on a pedestrian crossing) while feeding her baby a bottle. The photo was published in the Daily Tele with some snide remarks about how it was not the ideal way to feed a baby. There were also some pointed remarks made about how it was ‘surprising’ that she returned to work after only a couple of months.
Today, a new Families Minister was sworn in as part of the new coalition government in NSW. Her name is Pru Goward and her pedigree in terms of women’s rights is fairly impressive.
Under the Howard Government (she and her husband are good friends of the John Howard and co-authored his biography), she was Executive Director of the Office of the Status of Women. In this position, she criticised the business community for the “primitive attitudes” that kept women out of senior executive ranks and boardrooms.
She went on to serve as Australian Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
She has two grown up daughters, one of whom is Kate Fisher who used to be a model. I’m not sure what she does now.
Anyway, Pru is not happy with Jackie O. And as a result, many of us are not happy with Pru.