Dorothy Thornhill, mayor of Watford in England for the past 14 years, is one of just four directly elected female mayors in England. “People think leadership equals male characteristics,” she says. “The idea that you have to be this macho-type of person is still around.” As mayor, she has played against this type, and laughs about how when she was on a school visit a child shouted out, “You ain’t no mayor! You ain’t a fat bald geezer with a chain!”
Every female leader helps widen the community's perception of what a leader looks like, and how a leader behaves. Cr Samantha Ratnam is Moreland City Council Mayor for the 2015-16 Council year.