Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

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? 

Women in Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, co-written by Julia Gillard and renowned development economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,  asks these questions and more. In August, Patricia Karvelas inteviewed Gillard about the book, which is rich in both anecdote and research, featuring in-depth interviews with Jacinda Ardern, Joyce Banda, Michelle Bachelet, Hillary Clinton and others. 

In this wide-ranging conversation, Karvelas and Gillard discussed Gillard's own leadership trajectory and what she's learned from experience, and from other women, about gender bias, politics and the long road to equality.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.


Portrait of Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. She is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. 

Her memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014.

Portrait of Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas

Patricia Karvelas is a prominent Australian journalist, beginning her professional career at the ABC and SBS 20 years ago.

She currently presents Radio National’s flagship radio current affairs programme RN Drive­ – a role she took up in January 2015. Patricia co-hosts the ABC’s popular weekly political podcast, The Party Room. She also presents Afternoon Briefing on ABC news TV at 4pm every day.