‘Expect sexism’: a gender politics expert reads Julia Gillard’s Women and Leadership

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July 24, 2020

‘Expect sexism’: a gender politics expert reads Julia Gillard’s Women and Leadership

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Why are there so few women at the top levels of politics? This question is at the centre of the new book, Women and Leadership, co-authored by Australia’s first woman prime minister, Julia Gillard, and former Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Using their personal experiences and interviews with an impressive group of eight women leaders - including Theresa May, Hillary Clinton, Jacinda Ardern and Christine Lagarde - Gillard and Okonjo-Iweala test various academic studies to see if their findings are reflected in reality.

Theses studies include media coverage of women’s leadership, as well as perceptions of women’s “power-seeking” and gender norms around leadership.

What results is both a sobering reminder that sexism isn’t going away anytime soon and an empowering message about women’s strength and resilience.

Click here to read the full article published by The Conversation on 16 July 2020.

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