Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Hillary Will Get What Julia Got: Academic

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Hillary Will Get What Julia Got: Academic

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A POLITICAL expert says Hillary Clinton will face similar gender problems to those Julia Gillard experienced as prime minister if she becomes president.

Yesterday Ms Clinton, former first lady and former secretary of state, announced her plan to run for president.

University of Queensland senior lecturer and women in politics expert Barbara Sullivan said America was behind Australia when it came to women in politics.

"In Queensland we have a woman premier and deputy premier as well as (many women) in parliament," she said. "In many ways, America is quite far behind in terms of representation of women in congress, particularly at executive levels."

Dr Sullivan said there had been "all sorts" of research into women's leadership styles being more co-operative. But Dr Sullivan was not a big believer that women in general had a particular style; she said you could have a female auto-cratic leader.

But one thing women in powerful positions do have in common is what they face because of their gender. …

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