Julie Bishop doesn’t call herself a feminist. She leaves that to the rest of us.
Instead, she calls herself a Foreign Minister. A title she’s earned and one she is respected in.
Still, in order to get there, she has persevered and pierced through a world dominated by men – just like any feminist might.
In a rare show of self-acknowledgment, Bishop has shared what it feels like to be an Australian woman in politics. More specifically, what it felt like to be the only woman in Tony Abbott’s first cabinet when he won the Prime Ministership in 2013.
“It was pretty lonely,” Ms Bishop told an Australian Women’s Weekly event on Wednesday evening, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. “I would be sitting in a cabinet with 18 men and me.”
She said she’s faced what every women, at some point, has also faced: that moment of suggesting something, it falling flat, only for it to be picked up and re-suggested by a male in the room.
“I would say something, come up with an idea, put forward a point of view and wait for a response. Nothing,” Bishop told the audience. “[Another colleague would then propose] exactly my idea, exactly my initiative and others would say ‘brilliant, what a genius idea!'”