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Former prime minister Julia Gillard. (file pic)
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Hillary Clinton believes Julia Gillard faced outrageous sexism and has applauded the former prime minister for going right at it in her famous misogyny speech.

That was an important political and public statement by a woman leader making clear that sexism should not be tolerated, Mrs Clinton says.

The former US secretary of state, who has just released her political memoir Hard Choices, thought it was regrettable that sexism was injected into Australian political debate.

The ‘outrageous sexism’ that Ms Gillard faced as prime minister should not be tolerated in any country, she wrote.

She also criticised the way Ms Gillard’s political opponents characterised her in and out of parliament.

‘That demeaned, just didn’t seem to fit the Australia that I have come to know,’ she told ABC television on Monday from New York.

Ms Gillard’s misogyny speech in parliament was directed at the then opposition leader Tony Abbott.

But Mrs Clinton wasn’t naming names when asked if she meant Mr Abbott when she was talking about the opponents who demeaned Ms Gillard.

‘That’s really for the Australian people to judge,’ Ms Clinton said.

‘But the overall impact – and I saw online the speech that (former) prime minister Gillard gave about misogyny – was very striking to me because she did go chapter and verse.’

Mrs Clinton said many women subjected to sexism would just swallow it, or try and deflect with humour, and try not to let it bother them.

‘But she just went right at it and I respected that,’ she said.

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  1. I agree. Julia is an attractive Woman with gutz. What better combination? Alright – she was a bit shy on the practice of being a PM but I reckon she didn’t do a bad job. I’ll bet all the slobs who slagged off at her couldn’t have done what she did. She has an enviable record of getting legislation through Parliament. She was phantasmarigorical on the International Stage 747 and Foney Wabbitt were/are bigger disasters. Bring on the double dissolution and DON”T vote for either LNP or Labo(U)r – they are currently both bad apples, rotten to the core. Give someone else a go – you couldn’t do any worse. Ditto for NSW March 2015 election. Just ask a NSW DPI LLS Victim! Go to http://www.llsclassaction.com to fight the NSW pollie dropkicks!


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