The Misogyny Speech was a parliamentary speech delivered by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 9 October 2012 in reaction to the opposition leader Tony Abbott accusing her of sexism
Gillard explained the speech to The Guardian‘s Gabrielle Chan remarking “I thought after everything I have experienced, I have to listen to Tony Abbott lecture me about sexism.” and that it was this “That gave me the emotional start to the speech and once I started, it took on a life of its own.” Additionally, she felt she was receiving “the burden but none of the benefits” as being the first female Prime Minister of Australia
After Gillard’s speech went viral, the Macquarie Dictionary updated its definition of the term “misogyny“. Previously defined as a “hatred of women” by the Australian dictionary, misogyny now encompasses “entrenched prejudice against women”. Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre in Canberra, Amanda Laugesen, said the broader definition has a long history, with the original Oxford English Dictionary defining misogyny as “hatred or dislike or prejudice against women” and including examples dating back to the 19th century.
Video source | The Guardian
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