06.27.131:12 PM ET

Australia ‘Not Ready’ for Woman P.M.?

Julia Gillard was ousted on Wednesday.

After Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was ousted on Wednesday for Kevin Rudd, The Guardian notes Australia is a nation “still so defined by its predominately male icons.” Gillard lost in a closed-doors poll that ended her tenure, which many consider to be one of the most tumultuous in Australian prime minister history. Gillard faced public opposition and blatant sexism. For example, just a few weeks ago, a Liberal Party fundraiser had “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail—Small Breasts, Huge Thighs & a Big Red Box” listed on the menu. She was also ridiculed, by a woman, for showing too much cleavage in Parliament. “Austrailia has shown the world that it is not yet ready for a woman leader,” The Guardian writes.