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Women and Leadership

There was always something happening to a female prime minister or president that we thought might be the result of gender biases, but we wanted to talk it through. ‘Something is going on,’ we would mutter to each other. ‘Women leaders all seem to be facing the same kinds of problems,’ we would say. Then Hillary Clinton lost the US presidential election, and our talks took on a new earnestness.

Written by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Women and Leadership presents a lively and readable analysis of 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. By presenting the lessons that can be learned from women who lead, Julia and Ngozi provide a road map of essential knowledge to inspire us all, and an action agenda for change that allows women to take control and combat gender bias.

Featuring: Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, Erna Solberg, and Christine Lagarde.

My Story

‘I was prime minister for three years and three days. Three years and three days of resilience. Three years and three days of changing the nation. Three years and three days for you to judge.’

Julia Gillard’s memoir, My Story, chronicles what life was really like as Australia’s first female Prime Minister. The book details what it was like to manage a hung parliament, build a diverse and robust economy, create an equitable and world-class education system, ensure a dignified future for Australians with disabilities, all while attending to international obligations and building strategic alliances for the future.

It was published by Random House Australia in September 2014.

My Story was shortlisted for the ‘2015 Biography of the Year’ award.

In June 2015 a second edition of My Story was published by Vintage Australia as a trade paperback.