Julia Gillard. Photo Reuters
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she had "no
inkling" of the effect her so-called misogyny speech aimed at
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott would have.
She made the comments after being voted the most influential
female voice in Australia by Fairfax Media's Daily Life
The site lauded her for the now famous speech in October,
saying it was a "watershed moment" for Australian women.
"Our first female Prime Minister had kept silent on sexism
directed at her and entrenched in Australian politics since
her election, but when she spoke it wasn't just Australia,
but the world, that stopped and listened," a statement on
their website said.
But Ms Gillard, in an accompanying interview with Fairfax,
had no idea how much attention the world would pay to the
speech until Treasurer Wayne Swan told her.
"I thought I had given a hard-hitting speech but I didn't
have any inkling of the effect of it," she said.
"I said to Wayne, `Oh, we're going to have to sit here now
and listen to all these bloody speeches in reply. I should
get my chief of staff to bring some correspondence so at
least I can be getting on with something.'
"And Wayne, with a slightly odd look on his face ... said,
`You can't really give the `I accuse' speech and settle back
and do your correspondence'."
She said women had shown their support of the speech by
sending her notes and presents.
Media commentator Anne Summers was voted the second most
influential woman in Australia, followed by social
commentator, writer and lecturer Jane Caro, Sex
Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and Walkley
award winning journalist and 7.30 Report anchor Leigh Sales.