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 is a global leader on education
A world leader with powerful insights on education, JULIA GILLARD is at the helm of The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the world’s only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries. Board Chair at GPE since 2014, Gillard's groundbreaking worth with the organization regularly makes headlines, and enjoys the impressive backing of mega-star Rihanna, as Gillard seeks to transform the way the world thinks about-- and who has access to-- quality education. Gillard's term with GPE was unanimously extended thanks to her effective and eye-opening work. As GPE's CEO said: "Julia Gillard has become one of the most recognized and powerful global advocates for ensuring the world’s children receive the quality education they deserve and need to thrive.” Gillard has been sought-out for her insights on global education at elite events, such as at the London School of Economics, where she delivered a keynote entitled "Education for All: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century," and the prestigious Global Teachers Forum. A passionate education advocate, Gillard also transformed education while serving as Australia's Prime Minister. While in office, Gillard reformed the country's education at every level from early childhood to higher education with a special focus on disadvantaged children. She delivered new standards to improve the quality of childcare and access to early childhood education for every Australian child and developed a needs-based funding system for every school and ensured that funding was tied to a quality improvement agenda of better teaching, individual learning plans and parental engagement. She also established Australia’s first national curriculum and ensured significant investment in school buildings. Additionally, Gillard currently serves as Commissioner at the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, Chair of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership at King’s College, Patron at CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education and Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.
Julia Gillard in the News
A list of JULIA GILLARD's media hits and appearances:
Julia Gillard is renowned for her mental health advocacy work
The first woman to serve as Australia's Prime Minister JULIA GILLARD is a renowned world leader and passionate advocate for mental health. Among Gillard's many accomplishments while in office include her strong commitment to mental health and work spearheading mental health reform in Australia. Since leaving office, Gillard continues to be outspoken about removing the stigma surrounding depression and anxiety as the new chair of Beyond Blue, Australia's largest non-profit dedicated to addressing a wide range of mental health issues. Gillard frequently makes headlines for her Beyond Blue work and advocacy on issues like, what it takes to adequately address women's mental health needs; changing employer's perception of mental illness; and a new initiative to tackle mental health problems in early adolescents called Be You. Gillard is candid about her own struggles with anxiety and stress while in office, and brings much-needed compassion and tremendous policy knowledge to the conversation surrounding mental health.
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 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.
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.