Australia’s former prime minister, Julia Gillard, will deliver a special memorial lecture at the IoD’s headquarters this month
Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, will give the IoD’s inaugural Mackworth Lecture at 116 Pall Mall on 18 June.
Gillard will discuss her experiences as Labor premier between 2010 and 2013, including reforms in education, energy and healthcare, her efforts to grow Australia’s stature globally and her reflections on becoming its first and only female premier.
Gillard knows well the criticism that leaders must endure. She fought back against misogyny, delivering a speech on the treatment of women in professional life to the Australian parliament which has been viewed nearly three million times on YouTube.
The Mackworth Lecture celebrates the life of the IoD’s first female president, Margaret Mackworth. Mackworth was born into an aristocratic family in 1883, but embraced radical feminism, becoming a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
Her business career began as secretary and assistant to her father, the Viscount Rhondda. On his death in 1918 she inherited his title and vast business interests.
She went on to hold 33 directorships, and in 1926 was unanimously elected by IoD members to serve as president. She campaigned on equal pay, child custody and for women to be allowed to sit in the House of Lords, which happened in 1958, the year of her death.
Julia Gillard CV
1961 Born in Barry, South Wales
1966 Her family emigrates to Adelaide, Australia
1987 Joins law firm Slater and Gordon, specialising in industrial law
1998 Elected to the House of Representatives
2006 Appointed deputy leader of Australia’s Labor Party
2007 Sworn in as deputy prime minister
2010 Becomes the country’s first female premier
2013 Ousted as Labor leader by Kevin Rudd