Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership
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Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

Part of the Sydney Writers Festival

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About the event

In October 2012, Julia Gillard received global attention for her speech in parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life. Julia’s blistering attack on sexism and misogyny was a defiant turning point in the advancement of women in political leadership, but despite gains made towards equality, women still only make up around a quarter of parliamentarians, news-media leaders and judges worldwide.

Since leaving politics, Julia has continued to advocate for gender equality, founding the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King's College in London to better understand the challenges women face in leadership and the barriers that prevent them fully participating in economic, political and community life.

Women and Leadership, co-authored by Julia and acclaimed development economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, combines research with interviews with some of the world’s extraordinary women leaders. They spoke with Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, and more, to examine the influence of gender on women’s access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end. Julia talks to Jacqueline Maley about her advocacy and research, the radical shift required to close the gender gap, and her inspirational new book that she hopes will provide women with a road map of essential knowledge and an action agenda for change.

This live-streamed event is free to access.

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