Having arrived, however, Gillard now has to balance the need to project as a leader -- hence her recent reported purchase of $1,250 outfits -- without seeming to have discarded her bogan roots. Already, she has taken heat for wearing pearls -- which she used to joke were part of a "dress like a Tory" look. Now when Gillard changes style, that makes news.
It seems a prime minister can be a woman, can be a single woman and can be an atheist single woman. But no matter how far women come, there always will be controversy as to what she wears. Ask Hillary Clinton. A woman may break the glass ceiling, but she can never escape the pantsuit-joke barrier.