Natasha Stott Despoja is an icon to the women of Generation X.
By the age of 26 she was representing South Australia in the Senate for the Democrats. The youngest woman in Australian history to do so.
All while wearing Doc Martins. Of course. It was the 90s.
Two years later, at 28, she was appointed Deputy of the party. By 2001, she was leading it.
She spent over 15 years working in Parliament. But after the birth of her first child Conrad, she realised that things were a little different.
— NatashaStottDespoja (@AusAWG) 29 November 2015
Now the Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha sat down with Mia Freedman to talk about life after politics, her kids and the idea of having it all.
“I think I realised very early on (after becoming a mum) that the combination of travel, as well as long hours, was going to make it difficult. There was no childcare facilities on site… When I saw that [new] childcare centre at Parliament House… I shed a little tear. Because it would have changed my life.”
“I remember when I first came back to Parliament after having Conrad… and at one point someone said to me ‘look we were wondering if we could have a copy of the Senator’s breastfeeding schedule?”
Listen to Natasha talk about that incident here:
Yes, you really did just read that.
“And I was like, ah, it doesn’t really work like that.”
“20 years ago…politics was so rigidly defined. Middle-aged men in suits who debated in the parliament.” Natasha told Mia.