Women in Professional and Public Life: Challenge, Adversity and Triumph
Australia's first woman Prime Minister reflects on her life experiences and the continuing challenges women face as leaders.
Engagement in the Asian Century: The Opportunity of Our Lifetime
As Prime Minister, Ms. Gillard developed Australia’s landmark policy paper on its role in the Asia Century. Ms. Gillard discusses the strategic, economic and leadership challenges as Asia rises and the lessons essential to national success in the decades ahead.
Julia Gillard makes an impact during Women's History Month
Former Prime Minister of Australia JULIA GILLARD was in-demand this Women's History Month, addressing an audience of 13,000 at WE Day London, nearly 3,000 at the Connecticut Forum, and participated in an International Women's Day panel discussion with Duchess of Sussex Megan Markle and music legend Annie Lennox. Sharing powerful remarks on female leadership and the future of gender equality, Gillard inspired legions of tweets at each of her events such as: "@JuliaGillard is motivating us all to fight for equality. Such a great speech!! #WEday,"and "Such a thought provoking celebrating of #IWD2019 on global feminism with @JuliaGillard..." Gillard also made headlines, as she was interviewed from the WE Day Red Carpet, and penned a crucial op-ed on gender equality for The Guardian that racked up over 11,500 shares. A leading voice on gender equality and female leadership around the world, Gillard recently established and was named chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College in London. Bringing together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions worldwide, Gillard actively works with the Institute to promote gender equality and tackle complicated issues of women’s treatment in workplaces across industries. Australia’s first, and to-date only, female Prime Minister, Gillard's prominence as an internationally celebrated feminist was solidified following her now-viral 2012 Parliament speech on misogyny. Sought-out for countless high-profile events, Gillard receives praise such as: "She was fantastic and wonderfully well received!...The bar is very high here at The Richmond Forum, and she just sailed right over with ease” (The Richmond Forum) and "I cannot express how important and successful your talk before the Boston College student body turned out..." (Boston College).
Julia Gillard in the News
A list of JULIA GILLARD's media hits and appearances:
Julia Gillard offers fresh insights on geopolitics
A world leader with fresh insights on geopolitics, the global economy, and women's rights, JULIA GILLARD is at the helm of two world-renowned organizations-- The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the world’s only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries, and beyondblue, a non-profit focused on mental health. Regularly making headlines thanks to her work with GPE, which enjoys the impressive backing of mega-star Rihanna, Gillard is heralded for keynotes that are equal parts inspiring and informative. Regularly in-demand for keynotes worldwide, she is set to speak on "Diplomacy and Leadership in an Age of Disruption" for an audience of 2,800 at the Connecticut Forum, on "Engagement in the Asian Century" for an audience of 2,000 at the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, on Designing Success for 3,400 at the prestigious Simmons Leadership Conference. Gillard also recently established and was named chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, which will work to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions worldwide. The news of Gillard’s new role quickly made headlines as she has become a leading voice on gender equality.
Julia Gillard addresses 2,000 attendees at Canada’s foremost women’s lecture series
Inspiring and empowering a packed house, former Prime Minister of Australia JULIA GILLARD spoke at the smash-hit Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series in Toronto, Canada. Known as Canada’s foremost women’s lecture series and heralded for bringing stimulating, intellectual and emotional experiences to women worldwide, the event drew 2,000 attendees. In front of a rapt audience, Julia Gillard shared her incredible personal story of how she, an immigrant and daughter of a nurse, became the first female Prime Minister of Australia (and the world’s first-ever female president of a continent). As attendees tweeted: “Absolutely #inspiring night!! @JuliaGillard what a breath of fresh very needed air!”; "Feeling hopeful and inspired after an incredible talk by @JuliaGillard another GREAT show." After receiving international attention for her now-viral 2012 speech on misogyny from Australia’s Parliament floor, Gillard has continued to use her influence to champion crucial causes as the Chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education. Beyond the audience at Toronto’s famous Roy Thompson Hall, Gillard commented on her wealth of experiences and the challenges female politicians continue to face on TV Ontatio’s “The Agenda” program.Watch Gillard on “The Agenda” >>
Julia Gillard appointed highest civilian honor in Australia for her pioneering policy work
JULIA GILLARD was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia, the highest possible civilian honor, for her pioneering work as a policymaker, including her "contributions to economic and social development, particularly policy reform in the areas of education, disability care, workplace relations, health, foreign affairs and the environment, and as a role model to women." Gillard responded to the honor with a video message to the Australian people, as she was in Malawi, Africa as part of her role as the board chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) during the time of the award's announcement. Gillard used her video message as an opportunity to further advocate for gender equality and education-- two issues she has continued to champion. Gillard commented on global protectionism trends, and how her work with GPE could stand against this tide, encouraging people to look outwards and support needed change.Watch Julia Gillard's Australia Day message >>
Hon Julia Gillard AC
27th Prime Minister of Australia
Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013.
As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as advancing a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council.
Prime Minister Gillard in 2012 established the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse, which issued its landmark report on these crucial societal issues in November 2017.
Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.
Ms Gillard is a non-resident Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington. In February 2014, Ms Gillard was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education, the only multilateral organization dedicated to expanding access to quality education in developing countries. Ms Gillard also serves as Patron of Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.
In July 2017, Ms Gillard became Chair of the Board of Directors of Beyond Blue, which is committed to helping Australians understand and manage their mental health.
In April 2018, Ms Gillard was appointed Inaugural Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College, London. Through research, practice and advocacy, the Institute will address women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions and the way gender negatively impacts the valuation of women leaders.
Ms Gillard also serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide, and is Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library in Perth, Western Australia.
In recognition of her public service, Ms Gillard was awarded a Companion in the Order of Australia in January 2017.
Ms Gillard’s memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014. The second edition of her book was published in July 2015.