Skip to content

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? 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.


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. As ... Read more

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 week... Read more


My location

More details

Stay up to date with our upcoming events and special announcements by subscribing to the Wheeler Centre's mailing list.

View our privacy policy
Acknowledgment of Country

The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present.