In Australia we are all still reeling from the news that K-Rudd (Prime Minister Kevin Rudd) was booted/stepped aside from the prime ministership yesterday morning (depending how you look at it), and into the helm stepped Julia Gillard ... who is a woman! Our very first female PM, in fact.
There's a lot of grumbling going on, but also a lot of celebrating. I for one think it's absolutely fantabulous that after a long history of Old White Men PMs we have a woman (and a ranga!) bringing a bit of diversity to the portraits that hang in Parliament House.
To make it even more exciting, she was sworn in by Australia's first female Governer-General, Quentin Bryce.
Before the discontent sets in, before we all start objecting to her policies and labeling her appointment to PM as sneaky and underhanded and a trillion other nasty and probably undeserved things, perhaps we can pause for a moment and consider this: it's the beginning of the end of Old White Men being the only candidate for rulers of this country. Maybe one day a female PM won't be such a novelty.
Until then, go Julia! I'm gunning for you. And I'm a bit proud of you too.