What is it about Julia Gillard? As Australia’s first female Prime Minister she was both loved and loathed. Once the nation’s most taunted political figure, she also captured more hearts and shaped more female ambition than possibly any other woman in Australian history.
So, what has her rollercoaster ride taught us about how turbulent the world really is for women?
In this special episode of BroadTalk, Virginia Haussegger sits down to a big, bold, broad ranging discussion with Julia as they unpack myth from reality around gender equality and women’s progress. In a reflective mood, Julia muses over age and feminism and the power of hindsight.
Ever the optimist, this former Prime Minister remains sanguine about a post-COVID world for women. She believes we are having a much more lively conversation now about gender and politics than we did when she was Prime Minister (2010 – 2013), and that 2020 has provided a valuable space to take stock, despite the unprecedented disruption, loss and painful demands.
As for where this exceptionally energetic and prolific leader might head next? Well, Julia seems to think she’s got her obituary all sorted! She doesn’t have what she calls “further ambitions for self”… but as she tells Virginia, you’d be wrong to think she’s ready to slap on the sunscreen and lie by the pool!
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