“This is what executive leadership looks like. Well done!”” – Jane Hall.
Like the U.S., Australia is faced with a scandal involving women in the military. That’s where the similarities end, however. While American generals have been criticized for their handling of an epidemic of sexual assaults, Australia’s army chief, David Morrison, is getting rave reviews for ablistering video he released this week demanding, through clenched teeth, that sexists in his country’s military mend their ways or find another place to work.
Morrison this week revealed that 17 military personnel, including high-ranking officers, were under investigation for allegedly creating and exchanging “explicit and profane” emails and images that were demeaning to women. Three of them have been suspended.
“Those who think that it is okay to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army,” Morrison says in the video. “Female soldiers and officers have proven themselves worthy of the best traditions of the Australian army… If that does not suit you, then get out… There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters.” Read more