Respected Guardian columnist Van Badham believes the renewal of leadership within Australia's union movement derails the tired old conservative cliche of "faceless men" ruling over Australia's 1.7 million union members.
This includes the Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan, at the forefront of battles to protect paid parental leave and weekend penalty rates.
Van Badham argues the new generation of female union leaders is providing a new vibrancy and energy for the movement that has done most to make Australia into a fair and decent society.
Ironically, this rise in female leadership and the diversity of social backgrounds has delivered to the union movement a face that looks far more like Australia’s than the Coalition’s own cabinet.
Take the time to read Van Badham's profile on some of the powerful union women destroying the Liberals’ “union thug" myth.