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Teens Are Memorising Julia Gillard's Misogyny Speech And Shouting It In The Streets

Teenagers joyfully re-enact Australia's first female PM's famous speech word-for-word.

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It's been nearly three years since Julia Gillard gave her impassioned speech about misogyny and sexism to the parliament, and was hailed as an inspiration for women in Australia and around the world.

Judging from this video, it looks like her speech is inspiring the next generation of leaders too.

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It came about when a group of highschool students participating in the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament were on a bus to Parliament House in Sydney when they started talking about their favourite political speeches.

Gough Whitlam's 1972 "It's Time" speech and Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" address rated a mention, but it was Julia Gillard's fiery rant against then opposition leader Tony Abbott that really struck a chord with them.


The conversation turned into an epic group recital of the speech.

"Thank you very much Madam Deputy Speaker, and I rise to oppose the motion moved by the leader of the opposition, and in so doing I say to the leader of the opposition, I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not!", the group shouts at the camera.

"The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynists are not appropriate for high office. Well I hope the Leader of the Opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation. Because if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror. That's what he needs."

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BuzzFeed News had a chat with Rita Andraos, the 16-year-old student from Wollongong at the centre of the video. She said she hopes the video shows that young people are interested in politics.


"We were talking about speeches in Australia that have made a difference and inspired us, and one of the ones that came up was Julia Gillard's misogyny speech, because is putting it out there that she won't take the burden of being female prime minister," Rita said.

"Even though she was the first female prime minister, she didn't deserve sexist or misogynist attitudes."

Rita told BuzzFeed News that she knows the speech so well because she watches the speech as inspiration whenever she is is procrastinating from study.


"It's something that's really inspirational to me because she is not just sticking up for herself, but she's sticking up for all women of Australia," she said.Rita hopes the landmark speech has encouraged more women to enter politics."It has made women not be intimidated or scared, which I think is really important for women aspiring to be in politics, it says 'go for it'. It became one of her major speeches and I think it's because she had a point, and she just went for it."

Rita says she thinks young people are discouraged by the negativity and corruption, but it's not enough to turn her off wanting to get into politics when she finishes school.

She says she loves growing up in a multicultural area on the NSW south coast, and would love to help people and represent the diversity of Australia.

"At the end of the day, you're making laws on behalf of people, and representing their best interests. People think we are disengaged from politics but we want to make a difference, and we want our voices to count."

Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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