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Closing the Gap: Why Women in Politics Need Support with Pamela Anderson, CEO, EMILY’s List Australia

In Australia recently, there’s been a lot of focus on gender bias and inequality in government at all levels and what’s become obvious is that women are much better represented in the Labor Party than in the Liberal Party. This is mainly due to the work of EMILY’s List.

EMILY’s List was originally started in the US in 1985 by activist Ellen Malcolm that aims to help elect Democratic female candidates in favour of abortion rights to office. EMILY’s List Australia was founded in 1996 by Leonie Morgan and its founding members include Joan Kirner and Australia’s first (and only) Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Join me in conversation with the CEO of EMILY’s List Australia, Pamela Anderson, as we discuss the unique challenges aspiring female (and minority) politicians face and what support is needed and given to help overcome those challenges.

We also have a good conversation about why it’s so important that our government representatives are a true reflection of society and the different kinds of misogyny that women face in the workplace today.

Because ultimately, achieving gender equality in political representation is not just a matter of fairness; it is a prerequisite for creating a truly democratic and inclusive society.

About Today’s Guest: Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson, the CEO of EMILYs List Australia

Pamela is a proud First Nations Woman with ancestors connected to the Yorta Yorta and GunnaiKurnai Mobs. Pamela has 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector working within various roles in mid-sized and large corporates before starting her own financial services business in 2016. Formal qualifications in Marketing and Communications, a Graduate Diploma in Financial services and is currently completing a Bachelor of Law at Deakin University.

Pamela is a passionate Feminist and joined EMILYs List national committee in 2018, she has held senior positions as National Treasurer and Co-Convenor of the Victorian action group. In April 2022 Pamela was appointed as the CEO of EMILY’s List Australia.

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