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the misogyny speech

my favourite thing ever in the history of this universe is the misogyny speech. i love it. i love it so much. 

for those who don’t know what the misogyny speech is: australia’s PM julia gillard was our first female prime minister and was bullied relentlessly throughout her career by sexist politicians saying that as a woman she was unfit to lead. and then. then. one day, julia gillard snapped.

the resulting three-minute speech, known simply as the ‘misogyny speech’ in australia, was possibly the most epic smackdown seen in australian political history, surpassed only by “i wanna do you slowly”. it was incredible. students memorised it and marched through the streets yelling it. a national australian choir arranged it as a five-harmony piece. even hillary clinton went out of her way to meet julia gillard and tell her how fucking awesome the misogyny speech was.

i, personally, have the misogyny speech memorised. because i live in tony abbott’s electorate, and my dream of dreams is to see him at the shops one day and follow him while yelling it.

the misogyny speech: as australian as vegemite.

Romania nominates first female, first Muslim prime minister, Sevil Shhaideh

  • The biggest political party in Romania, the Social Democrats, has nominated 52-year-old Sevil Shhaideh for the role of prime minister.
  • If she is approved, she will be the country’s first female and first Muslim to serve in that capacity.
  • Shhaideh, an ethnic Tatar, must be approved by President Klaus Iohannis and Parliament.
  • The Social Democrats turned to Shhaideh after winning 45% of the vote in the Dec. 11 elections. 
  • Shhaideh served as “minister of regional development for six months in the last Social Democratic government.” Read more

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Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

-U2, Pride

1. Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil rights activist; killed April 1968

2. John Lennon: Musician; killed December 1980

3. Mahatma Gandhi: leader of Indian independence movement and advocate for nonviolent protest; killed January 1948

4. Harvey Milk: First openly gay american politician to be elected to public office; killed November 1978

5. Robert F. Kennedy: Brother of JFK, american senator and democratic presidential candidate nominee; killed June 1968 during presidential campaign

6. Benazir Bhutto: Pakistan’s first and only female prime minister, first woman to be elected as the head of an Islamic state’s government; killed December 2007

7. Abraham Lincoln: US President, abolisher of slavery; killed April 1865

8. Indira Gandhi: First and only female prime minister of India; killed October 1984

9. Anwar Sadat: President of Egypt, won Nobel Peace Prize for negotiations of peace with Israel; killed November 1981

10. John F Kennedy: US president, passed civil rights acts; killed November 1963

Famous Lesbians:

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir - Prime Minister of Iceland (2009-2012)

  • Iceland’s first female Prime Minister
  • the world’s first openly lesbian head of government
  • until retirement from office in 2012 she was Iceland’s longest-serving member of Parliament
  • In 2010 her government banned strip clubs, paying for nudity in restaurants, and other means of employers profiting from employees’ nudity.
    • Jóhanna commented; “The Nordic countries are leading the way on women’s equality, recognizing women as equal citizens rather than commodities for sale.”

January 4th 1948: Burmese independence

On this day in 1948, Burma declared independence from the United Kingdom, having been colonised in the nineteenth century after a series of Anglo-Burmese wars. The country’s first Prime Minister, Ba Maw, came to power in 1937 and advocated for greater self-rule for the colony, thus fueling an independence movement. In 1940, the Burma Independence Army was formed by revolutionary Aung San. During World War Two, the Japanese occupied the country, leading to a violent struggle with the Allies to reclaim Burma, with Burmese fighters on either side of the conflict. At the end of the war, Aung San emerged as the leader of a transitional government to oversee the nation’s independence, securing an agreement with British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in January 1947 guaranteeing Burma’s independence within a year. Despite Aung San’s assassination by a group of political rivals in July 1947, which was allegedly backed by the British, his dream was fulfilled on January 4th 1948, when Burma became an independent nation. Aung San is still remembered as the father of the nation, and his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning politician. Upon independence, Sao Shwe Thaik became Burma’s first President, and U Nu its Prime Minister. This day is celebrated every year in Burma to commemorate the day the nation achieved independence from colonial rule.

I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that a show in which the first episode is the prime minister being blackmailed into having sex with a pig on live television (before pig gate even happened) is the same show in which one episode is one of the greatest wlw stories in the history of media. AND that they were both written by the same straight white guy. incredible.
Romania was about to appoint its first Muslim prime minister. Then the president intervened
Romania’s president has rejected the nomination of the country’s first ever Muslim candidate for prime minister. President Klaus Iohannis said he had “carefully weighed the arguments for and against” appointing Sevil Shhaideh and had decided not to accept the nomination. Ms Shhaideh, who is a member of the country’s Muslim Tartar minority, had been put forward by the Social Democratic Party, which comprehensively won Romania's election earlier this month with 45 per cent of the vote.
Samantha Cameron: ‘It’s Dave’s turn to support me’
Writing for the Guardian and the Observer’s spring fashion supplement, the former prime minister’s wife explains why she launched her own clothing line

Sam’s written an article :)

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I’ve been on the verge of tears all day; we are quite literally witness to a genocide on muslimah–again, and again, and again, this just keeps happening, from the Rohingya in Myanmar to Aleppo–and yet, not once, not once has any Australian news channel broadcasted anything about Syria. Forget FROM Syria, nothing ABOUT Aleppo is being discussed. Not on ABC, Not on SBS, not even on the Young Turks. I see DAPL and I see BLM and I see #PrayForParis and I see #NotMyPresident and I see all this sympathy for the First World. UK prime minister Theresa May has not attended the Parliament meeting re: the impending massacre. John Kerry wants Peaceful Dialogue. I am tired. I am upset and terrified and tired.

Where are we?

Where are the third world muslimah voices? Where is Aleppo on the silver screen. This is like Deja Vu all over again. This is like The BDR massacre. This is just like 25th of March in Dhaka. This is just like the Kashmir riots. This is just like the Sepoy revolts. This is the same kind of civil unrest I ran from 3 years ago. We are nowhere.

50 years from now they will write Aleppo down as a footnote on the history books and we will know it will happen again.

Pray for Aleppo. Speak out.


On Sunday July 3rd 2016, Justin Trudeau became the first Prime Minister in Canada’s history to walk in a Pride Parade. Today I am once again reminded why I am endlessly proud to be Canadian, and how thankful I am to live in a country that openly supports the LGBTQ community. 


Bob Marley And The Wailers In Zimbabwe, April 18, 1980.

After the official Zimbabwean flag had been raised, the performance of Bob Marley & The Wailers was announced. The audience consisted of assembled dignitaries and the media, including… Zimbabwe’s first Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, Britain’s Prince Charles and India’s Indira Gandhi.

The performance begun with Positive Vibration and went on well with Them Belly Full and Roots, Rock, Reggae. The Zimbabwean crowd outside the stadium hearing Marley singing got angry and pressed against the stadium’s gates. During I Shot The Sheriff, the police answered by firing tear gas. Marley and the band were escorted to safety.

After some minutes later Marley came back onstage and shouted ‘Freedom!’, while a crisp English voice from the other end of the stadium announced: ‘Bob Marley, you have exactly two minutes left.’ The band played War which faded into No More Trouble. Now running a quarter of an hour over their allotted two minutes, The Wailers performed Zimbabwe, with the entire audience joining in the chorus line. Then the concert was definitely cancelled.

David Cameron, the guest speaker and former PM, hailed the company…as a “unicorn.” (His six-year-old daughter Florence had apparently asked him that morning whether unicorns exist and his reply was: “Yes they do, I’m seeing one this afternoon.” Sweet.)