Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership

Real Lives, Real Lessons

By Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

A powerful call to action for achieving equality in leadership.





A powerful call to action for achieving equality in leadership.

Women make up fewer than ten percent of national leaders worldwide, and behind this eye-opening statistic lies a pattern of unequal access to power. Through conversations with some of the world's most powerful and interesting women—including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Bachelet, and Theresa May—Women and Leadership explores gender bias and asks why there aren't more women in leadership roles.

Speaking honestly and freely, these women talk about having their ideas stolen by male colleagues, what it's like to be called fat or a slut in the media, and what things they wish they had done differently. The stories they tell reveal vividly how gender and sexism affect perceptions of women as leaders. Using current research as a starting point, Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala—both political leaders in their own countries—analyze the lived experiences of these women leaders. The result is a rare insight into life as a leader and a powerful call to arms for women everywhere.


$29.95 T ISBN: 9780262045742 336 pp. | 6 in x 9 in

For sale only in the US, Canada, or the Philippines.


  • “This book is worth reading for the insights into these remarkable women – a dream dinner party guest lis—but the authors also examine the statistics, the biases (conscious and unconscious) and the structural obstacles that face women.”

    Natasha Stott Despoja

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “An inspirational and practical book written by two high-achieving women, sharing the experience and advice of some of our most extraordinary women leaders in their own words.”

    Arts Review


  • “Women and Leadership is a powerful reminder that there is no limit to what women can accomplish when we have the chance. Written by two celebrated, trailblazing leaders, it is a deeply personal portrait of the obstacles women in politics have overcome and the barriers we still face. Every page of this book is brimming with candor, wisdom and humor—leaving the reader rightfully convinced that while women still have to try a little harder and fight a little longer, sooner or later we will get the job done.”

    Madeleine K. Albright

    the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State