(Photograph by Stuart McEvoy) ‘Women would come to me and put their heads on my shoulder or hold my hand,’ recalls Governor Julie Soso. They said ‘Julie, we need you to get in there (the Parliament), because we can’t continue to walk with our rice bag and kerosene and cooking oil and salt from that distance to that distance. Our roads are deteriorating, our health centre is deteriorating, our schools are shutting down. We really need a woman to get in there, one who sees the pain and the aches that we feel.” – Extract from Taim Bilong Ol Meri? From Griffith Review 40 Women & Power edition.