Women and Leadership: In conversation with Julia Gillard AC - 19 Feb 2021

The Hon Julia Gillard AC was joined by Lynne Haultain, Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation in a conversation on her recent book, Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons.

About the book

Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons is an inspirational and practical book written by two high-achieving women, sharing the experience and advice of some of our most extraordinary women leaders, in their own words.

As a result of their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders.

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 leaders, 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.


The Hon Julia Gillard AC

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

As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australian education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme to combat climate change, improving health care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities, addressing the gender pay gap for social and community sector workers and delivering an apology to all those who had suffered through the practice of forced adoptions.

In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life. She currently serves as the inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College in London, which through research, practice and advocacy, is addressing women’s under-representation in leadership.

Ms Gillard is the Chair of Beyond Blue, one of Australia’s leading mental health awareness bodies; is Chair of global funding body for education in developing countries, the Global Partnership for Education; and is Patron of the Campaign for Female Education.

Ms Gillard’s memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014.

Ms Lynne Haultain

Lynne Haultain is Executive Director of Victoria Law Foundation. She is experienced in the fields of communications, journalism and management. For 16 years, she worked with ABC Radio in a range of roles, from Breakfast to the Law Report. She has also worked at the ACCC, the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Ombudsman and as a consultant.

She has degrees in Law and English from the University of Western Australia and holds qualifications from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Community Directors Australia and has attended the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

Lynne has been a facilitator of the Pathways to Politics for Women Program (a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Trawalla Foundation) since 2018.