Who is she?
Natasha Stott Despoja was appointed to the Senate at the age of 26 and famously wore Doc Martens into the chamber. She was a Parliamentarian for 13 years and during that time was the leader of the Democrats. During her career, she campaigned for paid maternity leave and same sex marriage, among other issues.
Since leaving politics, Natasha was named the Chair of Our Watch, a national foundation to prevent violence against women and children, and in 2013 was named Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls.
Why should we thank her?
Natasha has led the charge in tackling violence against women at the highest levels and has pushed governments to ensure that the issue remains on the national agenda.
“(Violence against women) should be declared a national emergency and we should be tackling it with resources but also awareness.”