Penelope "Penny" Ying-yen Wong is an Australian senator representing South Australia, is the Commonwealth Minister for Finance and Deregulation. Wong is a member of the Labor Party and member of the Australian federal cabinet.
Wong is the first Asian-born federal minister, as well as the first openly lesbian member of the Australian cabinet. Before entering Parliament, Penny Wong was a barrister and solicitor in Adelaide and an adviser to the Carr Government in New South Wales.
Born in Malaysia, racially vilified at school and later vilified for her sexuality: "I didn't become insular. I've seen that happen with kids, but it wasn't my response. I just pretended to be confident, even when I wasn't. I learnt to be steady and still, even when it felt very messy and difficult."
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/beating-the-bullies-from-butt-of-joke-to-last-laugh-20110618-1g9b9.html#ixzz2IjMkRSds
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Posted By: MrMonroe |
1/23/13 1:51 PM
This is exactly the type of person that we need to start electing in America so we can stop repeating the same discriminating mistakes every year.