Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
11 August 2020
Author / Presenters: 
Julia Gillard and Patricia Karvelas

What biases and barriers do women in power face? How does this affect their leadership performance? And how can we bring about true gender equality when it comes to politics and power? A new book by Julia Gillard and renowned development economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala asks these questions and more. 

The two women first met in 2011, when Gillard was Australia’s Prime Minister and Okonjo-Iweala was Nigeria's Finance Minister. They became friends and collaborators, and in the years since their first encounter, their conversations have continually returned to the unique challenges facing women in power – so they wrote a book about it. 

Drawing on their very different perspectives and experiences, Women in Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons is rich in both anecdote and research, and features in-depth interviews with Jacinda Ardern, Joyce Banda, Michelle Bachelet, Hillary Clinton and others. 

In conversation with Patricia Karvelas, Gillard will discuss her own leadership trajectory and what her collaboration with Okonjo-Iweala has taught her about gender bias, politics and the long road to equality.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.