When it comes to naming the most admired women in the country, Australia's female population choose models, actresses and singers over businesswomen, philanthropists and health advocates, a new survey has shown.
The McCrindle Research survey, commissioned by finance company Million Dollar Woman, revealed that Australia's top 100 most admired women, as chosen by 1221 respondents, was dominated by stars of the small and silver screens, TV chefs, models and athletes. Politicians, authors and business leaders were lower down the list.
Olympians Cathy Freeman and Dawn Fraser were named first and second, followed by actors Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Rebecca Gibney and Toni Collette and models Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Hawkins and Elle Macpherson.
Chefs were also flavour of the month - stalwarts Donna Hay, Maggie Beer and Stephanie Alexander were voted in, alongside former MasterChef contestants. Prime Minister Julia Gillard was listed at 58, pipped by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at 36 and Governor-General Quentin Bryce at 49.
National Council of Women WA president Dawn Butterworth said while the list was not surprising, it was disappointing that many women who had made great inroads in politics, academia and charitable works had been usurped by those with fame and fortune.
"We have to be careful about putting these people on pedestals and be mindful of the people we choose as role models," she said.
"It's a shame there are not more women of substance higher up the list.
"Young people do not seem to really realise the tremendous gains that have been made (by women) and we really need to bring that to the fore so they can realise what they have inherited and celebrate women who contribute to our quality of life and to Australian society as a whole."Model Megan Gale was the most admired West Australian. Other WA women included medical specialists Fiona Wood and Fiona Stanley.
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