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In Conversation with Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Women and Leadership


  • Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Minister of Finance of Nigeria


  • Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance of Nigeria, sit down with CGD Executive Vice President Amanda Glassman to discuss insights from their new book on Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, and the implications of their findings for the field of global development and health.

Women make up fewer than ten percent of national leaders worldwide, and behind this statistic lies a pattern of unequal access to power. Through conversations with some of the world's most powerful and interesting women, Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala explore gender bias and ask why there are not more women in leadership roles. The stories they tell reveal how gender and sexism affect perceptions of women as leaders. What impact does the dearth of women national leaders in today’s world have on policies and lives, how does the lack of representation perpetuate discriminatory norms and prevent progress, and how do we close the gap?

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