- Julia Gillard, Party Girls: Labor Women Now
EMILY's List Australia is currently developing a similar program to EL USA's "Political Opportunity Program (POP)" and "Campaign Corps". We're calling it The Next Generation. This program will be a long-term investment in ensuring the labour movement – our unions and our parliaments - achieve a critical mass of progressive women. It presents an innovative opportunity to systemically address the barriers young women face when developing as future leaders.
The Next Generation aims to:
1. Increase representation and employment opportunities within the ALP through political skilling and networking
Many of the skills transmission mechanisms in the ALP occur informally, or through factions. EMILY's List wants to provide a formal mechanism through which young women can side-step this process and get the skills in an open and transparent fashion that rewards talent and merit, rather than old-school boys' clubs.
2. Foster young and emerging progressive women with an interest in politics.
EMILY's List believes that young women need an opportunity to shine. This program is an opportunity for them to prove that they have the talent and can grow the skills to succeed as an activist and leader in progressive politics.
3. Provide an opportunity for current EL Women MPs to mentor new women
Many EMILY's List's members, including those who are Members of Parliament, have been extraordinarily successful in their political careers because of the support of other women. We need to continue the tradition of women mentoring women to ensure there are young progressive women ready to take up the baton of women's leadership in the Labor Party and the labour movement.
The Next Generation Includes:
Mentoring and Networking Events tailored to young women, including Speed Date Mentoring.