Thursday, June 24, 2010
I've been unsure about whether to post anything about today - because I know we cannot possibly all share the same political views, and I really don't want to offend or isolate any of you who read this - so if you don't like political content, look away now...
Today, my original plans were disrupted by rather big political news - instead of big creative space plans, I found myself in front of the television, watching history unfolding - unfolding in an awkward and uncomfortable way, but unfolding none the less.
Today for the first time we have a female prime minister. To me, that's important - just as the election of this man was important too.
It's important because we live in a world where we are not all treated as equals. Women get paid less for the same work, and people who are not white often face discrimination and injustice.
The first female prime minister of Australia, and the first black president of the USA, don't suddenly make everything equal and perfect, but they help remind us (or me at least) of what is possible.
And so, despite all of today's imperfections (and I do feel genuinely sorry for Kevin), I think a modest celebration is in order. Gingerbread women anyone?
Political soapboxing completed - I'll be returning to regular programming now!