Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Our Review


ABIA Longlist 2021 – General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Our Review…

Confronting, inspiring, uplifting, we all need this book. It is is especially essential if you have a daughter or son in your life.

Written in a easy, almost conversational style, former Australian PM Julia Gillard and Nigerian Economic Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala weave a fascinating insight into the highlights and pitfalls not only of themselves, but other remarkable female leaders – including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Bachelet, and Theresa May, who have had to overcome barriers thrown up by simply being female.

Women make up fewer than ten per cent of national leaders worldwide.

They explore why we need women in leadership positions, debunk some of the myths surrounding women as nurturers rather than leaders (can’t we be both), and tease out what roadblocks have been thrown up on their ascent (and sometimes fall) and how they could have done things differently.

Julia Gillard is the Chair of Beyond Blue, as well as the Global Partnership for Education, and she is Patron of the Campaign for Female Education.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and of the African Risk Capacity (ARC), and Co-Chair of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books