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Australia can claim a significant world first: a special government adviser on Women’s Affairs.
Fifty years ago, Elizabeth Reid stepped into the newly created role in Gough Whitlam’s government.
Abortion access, workplace rights, contraception and education – it was a time of huge change in gender parity and access. But the reaction to Reid and the new position was vicious in some circles. She resigned just two and a half years into the job.
What motivated her? How did the job change her? And why did she leave Australia once it was over?
Today, Elizabeth Reid, on being first – and a lifetime of lessons.
Guest: Women’s affairs adviser to Gough Whitlam, Elizabeth Reid.