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I studied 31 Australian political biographies published in the past decade — only 4 were about women

By Blair Williams, Research Fellow, Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL), Australian National University
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This week, a new Australian political biography will appear on bookshelves. This is The Accidental Prime Minister, an examination of Scott Morrison by journalist Annika Smethurst.

While a prime minister makes for an obvious – and worthy — biographical subject, it also continues Australia’s strong tradition of focusing on the stories of men in politics.

History as a discipline may have been grappling with gender issues since the 1970s, but political history has been especially…


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