Would it be the same for National?

Sydney Morning Herald

There hasn’t been a woman selected for National who is pregnant.

Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer is breaking new ground for Fortune 500 companies by starting her job more than six months pregnant, a trend already embraced by young women running Silicon Valley start-ups.

Mayer, an engineer and former Google executive who helped develop the company’s home page and maps products, was hired by Yahoo after a nine-week search for a CEO.

Yahoo have a much more enlightened view.

“Yahoo’s board found Mayer’s pregnancy a nonissue and that’s a big sign of progress,” said Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, deputy director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, who is pregnant with twins. “But at many companies, it’s still an issue.”

During National selections board members go around telling delegates that we shouldn’t have a woman young children in parliament. They don’t directly say a woman’s place is in the home, but if they didn’t they would be more welcoming of women without children as well as women with children in parliament.

After all they accept MPs like Phil Heatley, Jonathon Coleman, Sam Lotu-Iiga, Jami-Lee Ross and Simon Bridges becoming fathers while serving.

UPDATE: I now know of two woman candidates who were asked specifically during pre-selection this question: “You aren’t going to do a Katherine Rich are you?”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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