Celebrate this historic first - send a message of congratulations to Kelly O'Dwyer

A couple of months ago Kelly O’Dwyer made history as the first woman to have a baby while serving in Cabinet. And this fortnight she’s back in Parliament for the first time since taking time to care for her newborn.

It's an important milestone -- that’s why new mum and Fair Agenda member Nat will be dropping in to Ms O’Dwyer’s office next week to pass on her message of thanks for breaking through this critical glass ceiling. 

Ms O'Dwyer has previously spoken out about the importance of showing that you can balance having a family with a high level career in politics.

We need to celebrate leadership that brings us closer to the flexible work practices that benefit us all. And show those who tried to attack Ms O'Dwyer during her parental leave that the public won't stand for it. That’s why it’s extra important to celebrate this historic first. 

Can you add a message to Nat's congratulations card to Minister O'Dwyer?

Image credit: Eddie Jim, Fairfax

See Nat's message (click to view)

Dear Minister O’Dwyer,

As a woman and a new mother – I wanted to take the time to acknowledge your historic achievement and trailblazing as the first women in Cabinet to take parental leave.

I strongly believe that we need more employers and parents in positions of leadership to recognise and normalise the taking of time to care for family. So your public advocacy around the importance of high profile women showing that it is possible to have both a family and high profile career in politics meant a lot to me.

Having given birth to my daughter just the week before you welcomed your son into the world, I am so heartened by your historic first.

On behalf of those who come next. Thank you,


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Margaret , 3699  /  signed 2017-06-21 07:03:37 +1000
"I commend you for your lead, both as a female Minister and in your combining motherhood with your ministerial duties. I hope that your lead will be an encouragement to other aspiring female politicians, as I believe that we need more women in Parliament in order to create a fairer society."
Owen , 55313  /  signed 2017-06-21 02:57:05 +1000
Katherine , 2611  /  signed 2017-06-20 23:51:25 +1000
"Congratulations on being the first woman to have a baby whilst serving in Cabinet. Wishing you and your family all the support you need to raise a healthy, happy child and for you to be able to make a meaningful and fulfilling contribution to our nation. Thank you for all that you do to assist all employees and employers embrace flexible work practices that benefit all."
Keelah , 2094  /  signed 2017-06-20 23:49:26 +1000
"Congrats Kelly, you can also show the best nurturing way forward, by toileting your baby in the loving traditional way to avoid nappy rash, nappy waste, cleaning pooey bottoms, and a later need for teaching baby a nappy is not a toilet see ecobabyloo and Nurturer’s Care."
Virginia , 3067  /  signed 2017-06-20 23:34:13 +1000
Sean , 2546  /  signed 2017-06-20 22:57:55 +1000
"Congratulations from Sean Burke"
Josephine , 4010  /  signed 2017-06-20 22:29:20 +1000
"Congratulations to Miss O’Dwyer."
Cathy , 5070  /  signed 2017-06-20 22:12:07 +1000
"Although I may not usually agree with your politics, I congratulate you on being the first woman to have a baby whilst serving in Cabinet. Please help make pregnancy discrimination a thing of the past."
Megan , 2153  /  signed 2017-06-20 22:07:49 +1000
Sylvi , 4075  /  signed 2017-06-20 21:57:56 +1000
"You are a young woman I admire"
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