Channel Seven’s Natalie Barr, 46, a reporter for breakfast show Sunrise, says that gender discrimination doesn’t exist because she’s had a lovely time building her career sexism-free.
In a column for The Daily Telegraph, the reporter opens with a simple missive: “Hey ladies, men aren’t the enemy.” She continues, “Am I the only woman who’s not angry at men? I’m a woman and I have never felt discriminated against.”
What follows is an outline of Barr’s professional career, neatly laid out as evidence that gender discrimination doesn’t exist. She’s followed a pretty standard trajectory for a person in media, starting with internships, taking what work she could get, moving her way up the ranks with dedication and talent, finally scoring a great role. According to Barr, in the 20 years she’s been at Channel Seven, she hasn’t felt “undervalued” or “ripped off”.
“I’m not angry at men. I can’t remember being passed over for a promotion because of a man and I have never felt undervalued because I’m a woman,” she said.
Which is terrific news for Nat Barr.
She’s survived several decades in television; an industry that’s notorious for under-paying and over-exposing its female employees.