Open thread for discussion, basically.
On the one hand it's good to see Australia make this break-through - I always forget that they are quite a long way behind us on the sexism issue. And it's good that they are able to have a non-Tory first female PM, unlike NZ (Shipley) and Britain (Thatcher).
On the other hand Gillard's politics are, from what little I understand of the Labor Party over there, on the Right side of her caucus, and she's done stood for some pretty regressive things.
On the gripping hand, to borrow from Deborah, it will be interesting to see how the media and the public in Australia treat this development. I heard a description of her on the radio yesterday as "childless and unmarried" - this from a news source, not an opinion piece. I couldn't have told you if any previous Australian PM had children, although I can remember knowing a few of them were married because I have mental pictures of them on podiums with their wives. Can a woman leader win at the ballot box in modern Australia or are they just not ready to elect a sheila yet?
Anyway, I'm pretty uninformed about this issue, so fill me in in comments please!