While you were all watching Wendy Davis last night, Australia lost its first female prime minister. Julia Gillard lost in a vote to former prime minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday in what The New York Times called “one of the most sensational political comebacks in Australian history.” Gillard had replaced Rudd in 2010 in a Labor Party coup. Gillard announced her resignation after losing the vote, ending the “rocky tenure of Ms. Gillard.” She called the vote herself, in an effort to prove herself in a challenge from Rudd’s supporters. But the Times said Gillard was never able to become a true leader and faced opposition relentlessly.
Julia Gillard was country's first female prime minister.