As a politically engaged working woman planning on having kids of my own in the next few years, the news that Kate Ellis is planning to retire from politics at the next federal election hit me hard.
Because in Kate Ellis, I came closer than ever to having myself represented in parliament.
She is an intelligent, hard-working woman who is not afraid to take on the old boys club mentality and prove she is worthy of a seat at the table. She cares about policies that will shape the future of this country but also knows when to admit that her party is not perfect.
Entering the parliament at 26 (the youngest female politician ever elected at a federal level in Australia), she grew up in front of the nation; in front of a generation of women wondering if they could one day be up there at the top of our chosen fields like she was.
On that national stage, we saw Kate Ellis become a minister, get married, appear on Q&A countless times, become a mum, enact significant policy changes and fight for a better future.
We saw a woman transition from her 20s to her 30s.
And, alongside other ministers who broke the traditional white-over-50s-male-politician mould, we finally began to see an accurate picture of today's society looking back at us.
The problem is, though, because she did it all publicly she made it seem possible. But it's clearly not.
For the most part, the average federal politician will spend 20 weeks away from their home each year, with many weeknights and weekends on top of that reserved for public events. Often, they'll spend as many hours of their year in planes as they will on the ground.