Reasons Why I Admire Julie Bishop
The Hon. Julie Bishop, an Australian politician serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia since 2013 and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 2007, has been a woman I have admired for many years.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Julie is an outstandingly successful foreign affairs minister. Her powers of persuasion moved Russia's Vladimir Putin to allow Australia access to the Ukraine crash site of the downed flight MH17. The most recent US ambassador to Australia, Barack Obama's man, John Berry, says that there is "none finer" among the world's foreign affairs ministers.
But what I admire about Julie is how she has been a strong advocate for women.
In February this year, just before International Women’s Day, Julie spoke at a breakfast in Parliament House on how the days of allowing men to take credit for women’s ideas are over. With her department secretary Frances Adamson, Julie revealed how male colleagues still steal their thunder, in the cabinet and the secretaries board. They urged women to stand strong together and to back each other when this happens. Read more here.
This week Julie spoke for Vogue Codes, events held in Melbourne and Sydney where international and Australian panellists and speakers, including Vogue Australia’s Edwina McCann, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Go-To’s Zoë Foster Blake, Canva’s Melanie Perkins, Uber’s Meena Harris and Allbirds’ Tim Brown, presented their ideas on the future of digital.
The driving discussions at Vogue Codes in 2018 was Empowering Future Female Innovation. As Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edwina McCann put it, “we have the ability to demystify technology, making a career in tech not only a natural choice for women, but a fashionable one.” Julie spoke on the future of Australian women and girls, including in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and said in her presentation "No one country can reach its full potential unless it embraces the skills, talents, energy, intellect and ideas of the 50-percent of the population that is female.” Julie is a strong advocate for women in tech and has set up many initiatives promoting the advancement of women in the STEM fields.
“I believe implicitly in the power of mentoring. I hope that through events like Vogue Codes women will connect with other women to exchange wisdom and experience. Whether you aim to be a nuclear physicist or a tech start-up entrepreneur, you should find a mentor to assist you to realise your dreams." – Julie Bishop
I applaud that there are more emphasis and opportunities for women to live the life of their dreams.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.