It’s been six years since Julia Gillard delivered her superb attack on sexism and misogyny, and despite gains made towards equality, women still only make up around a quarter of parliamentarians, news-media leaders and judges worldwide. What would it take to create a world in which being a woman is not a barrier to becoming a leader, or a factor contributing to negative perceptions of an individual’s leadership? In an electrifying Town Hall discussion, former prime minister and Global Partnership for Education Chair Julia Gillard joins ABC 7.30’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle in conversation on power and gender.

Supported by the City of Sydney.

Julia Gillard (Australian)

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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 economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. 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 Global Partnership for Education, a leading organization dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide. 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 recognition of her public service, Ms Gillard was awarded a Companion in the Order of Australia in January 2017. Ms Gillard’s memoir is called My Story.

Laura Tingle (Australian)

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Journalist, essayist and author Laura Tingle has reported on Australian politics and policy for more than 35 years. In May 2018, she was appointed Chief Political Correspondent for ABC's 7.30 and was previously Political Editor for the Australian Financial Review. She is the author of Chasing the Future - a book about the early 1990s recession; of two Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations and Political Amnesia; and of In Search of Good Government. A third Quarterly Essay on Australian politics will be published in 2018.