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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Mary , 4171  /  signed 2017-06-20 17:33:56 +1000
"We are so proud of you Kelly. Thank you for showing your electorate and the whole of Australia that motherhood is not incompatible with a high level career in politics.
Every blessing on you and your family.
Pat , 6111  /  signed 2017-06-20 17:21:08 +1000
"Bless you, Kelly, and your babe ! I’m now 80, the grandmother of 7. I “worked” – caring for them , so my daughters-in-law could return to work, as nurses, lawyers , accountants…….. I, myself – an SRN… was an “at home” Mum, of 4 sons. No chance, then , of “time off” !!!"
Edna , 3133  /  signed 2017-06-20 17:11:25 +1000
"Congratulations and thanks for helping to break another glass ceiling."
judith , 2300  /  signed 2017-06-20 17:03:51 +1000
"Congratulations, Kelly, on becoming a mother AND maintaining your demanding Cabinet position. I wish you well, do take care of yourself! Judith gatland"
Yvette , 7000  /  signed 2017-06-20 16:58:53 +1000
Peter , 3144  /  signed 2017-06-20 16:52:26 +1000
"Congratulations on achieving this first."
John , 2430  /  signed 2017-06-20 16:41:15 +1000
"Dear Ms O’Dwyer
Congratulations on your new baby and thank you for helping to blaze a trail towards normalising mothers having babies and continuing their careers without discrimination against them because of their status.
All the best with your family and your career."
warren , 2118  /  signed 2017-06-20 16:39:13 +1000
"Congratulations, Kelly O’Dwyer"
Elise , 3000  /  signed 2017-06-20 16:29:01 +1000
Dorothy , 2614  /  signed 2017-06-20 16:23:38 +1000
"Congratulations Kelly. Best wishes to your family."
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