During Adelaide Writers’ Week, 2021, Julia Gillard spoke about her book, co-authored with Ngozi Okonio-Iweala, Women and Leadership, Real Lives, Real Lessons.
Highlights from her talk about the book were most interesting.
Women often need to balance strength and empathy in leadership. They also have to navigate both prescriptive and descriptive texts, often having a bi-lingual text to decihper, one inside the head and the actual spoken words. Many well known women were interviewed for the book including, Jacinta Adren, Hillary Clinton, Theresa May and Christine Lagarde.
It was delight to hear Julia, Adelaide born and Australia's first female Prime Minister, talk eloquently on a very relevant topic.
Susan Harris is now retired from the education profession. She has enjoyed a productive and fulfilling working life in schools, while also enjoying a loving home life with husband Roger and, together, parenting 3 daughters. Susan is now Nanna to 8 grandchildren. One of Susan’s loves has always been reading. Retirement has allowed more time and she has joined a Book Club. She also volunteers at Engage Work Faith and is a member of Rotary. Reading allows her to experience worlds beyond her own. Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: “We clung to books and to our friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.”