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Julia Gillard, the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia sits down for insightful, moving and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting people from around the world working to advance gender equality – whether that's by actively dismantling gender-based barriers, or by being inspirational trailblazers in their field. We'll bring you stories from the worlds of business, entertainment, media, sport and many more, shining a light on people doing amazing things that you might not have heard about, and learning more about those we already know and love.
Julia presents a podcast in her role as Founder and Chair of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL). GIWL is a world-leading research institute working to advance gender equality within workplaces, communities and societies. The podcast is produced by the GIWL team at the Australian National University, Canberra, with support from our sister institute at King's College London. Earnings from the podcast go back into the Institute, supporting the work we do to advance gender equality in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and beyond.
To stay up to date with the Institute’s work go to giwl.anu.edu.au and sign up to our updates, or follow us on social media @GIWLANU. You can also find @APodcastofOnesOwn on Instagram.
The team at A Podcast of One's Own acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples listening today.

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A Podcast of One's Own with Julia Gillard A Podcast of One's Own with Julia Gillard

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

Julia Gillard, the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia sits down for insightful, moving and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting people from around the world working to advance gender equality – whether that's by actively dismantling gender-based barriers, or by being inspirational trailblazers in their field. We'll bring you stories from the worlds of business, entertainment, media, sport and many more, shining a light on people doing amazing things that you might not have heard about, and learning more about those we already know and love.
Julia presents a podcast in her role as Founder and Chair of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL). GIWL is a world-leading research institute working to advance gender equality within workplaces, communities and societies. The podcast is produced by the GIWL team at the Australian National University, Canberra, with support from our sister institute at King's College London. Earnings from the podcast go back into the Institute, supporting the work we do to advance gender equality in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and beyond.
To stay up to date with the Institute’s work go to giwl.anu.edu.au and sign up to our updates, or follow us on social media @GIWLANU. You can also find @APodcastofOnesOwn on Instagram.
The team at A Podcast of One's Own acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples listening today.

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    Julia's Book Club - The Sun Walks Down

    Julia's Book Club - The Sun Walks Down

    In this episode of Julia's Book Club, Julia and Sarah Holland-Batt sit down together in London to discuss The Sun Walks Down, by Australian author Fiona McFarlane.
    The Sun Walks Down tells the story of a remote South Australian town in the 1880s where a young boy has gone missing during a dust storm.
    As the community rallies to find 6 year old Denny Wallace, readers experience the search, the town dynamics and the complex landscape surrounding them from the perspective of various characters, including Denny’s family, Indigenous trackers, Afghan cameleers, policemen, mothers, children and farmers. 
    Julia and Sarah delve into the book’s exploration of colonialism, race and gender, and how it challenges the stereotypical narrative of a child lost in the bush.
    Show notes

    The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane is published by Allen & Unwin and is available at all good bookstores - https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/book/Fiona-McFarlane-Sun-Walks-Down-9781761066207
    To learn more about co-host Sarah Holland-Batt visit https://www.sarahhollandbatt.com

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    • 40 min
    Jelena Dokic on tennis, abuse, mental health and her road to recovery

    Jelena Dokic on tennis, abuse, mental health and her road to recovery

    For many Australians, and tennis fans around the world, Jelena Dokic is a household name.
    In this episode, she opens up to Julia about her childhood surviving poverty and fleeing war-torn Yugoslavia, to her meteoric rise to fame on the tennis court, all the while silently suffering at the hands of an abusive father.
    Now, the self-described 'victim, survivor, thriver' speaks openly about how she’s overcoming her mental health struggles and vicious online trolls to lead a happy and fulfilling life as a best-selling author, tennis commentator, motivational speaker and advocate against family violence.
    Show notes:
    Please be aware that parts of this episode may be distressing for some listeners. Help is available by contacting the 24-hour national counselling service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
    If you need mental health support, visit Beyond Blue.
    If you need crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
    Jelena's books are published by Penguin and available at all good book stores.

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    • 39 min
    Julia's Book Club - The Fraud

    Julia's Book Club - The Fraud

    In this month’s Book Club episode Julia sits down with her good friend, best-selling author Kathy Lette, to discuss The Fraud, by British writer Zadie Smith.
    The Fraud is a historical fiction novel set in the Victorian era, centred around a real life London court case - The Tichborne Trial.
    England is captivated by the case, in which a man claims to be Sir Roger Tichborne - the heir to a large fortune and long believed dead. 
    Julia and Kathy delve into the book’s exploration of race, gender, age and beauty, with many laughs along the way! 
    Show notes:

    The Fraud by Zadie Smith is published by Penguin and available at all good bookstores.
    The Revenge Club by Kathy Lette is published by Bloomsbury and available at all good bookstores.
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    • 36 min
    Katy Gallagher on overcoming tragedy, life in politics and ending violence against women

    Katy Gallagher on overcoming tragedy, life in politics and ending violence against women

    Katy Gallagher is Australia’s Federal Minister for Women, Minister for Finance and Minister for the Public Service.
    In this candid conversation Julia and Katy delve into Katy’s early life growing up in Canberra, the tragic loss that shaped her path forward, her career in ACT and federal politics and how she’s working to better the lives of all Australian women through the Federal Government’s new strategy for gender equality.
    Show notes:
    Learn more about the Federal Government’s strategy for gender equality here: https://genderequality.gov.au/
    If you, or someone you know, has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault, help is available by contacting the 24-hour national counselling service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.



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    • 48 min
    Julia's Book Club - Wifedom

    Julia's Book Club - Wifedom

    In the first ever Book Club episode of A Podcast of One’s Own, Julia and co-host Sarah Holland-Batt delve into Australian author Anna Funder’s new work Wifedom.
    Wifedom tells the untold story of Eileen O'Shaughnessy and her marriage to George Orwell, one of the most famed English writers of all time.
    Funder recreates the Orwell’s’ marriage, taking readers through the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War in London.
    Eileen’s story has been largely ignored by the history books, and as Funder shows, sometimes even rewritten by biographers of Orwell.
    Julia and Sarah discuss Funder’s unique style of writing, how women get written out of history, how Eileen’s experience resonates with women today, and how fans of Orwell’s work can reconcile that with his personal behaviour.
    Show notes:

    Wifedom by Anna Funder is published by Penguin and available at all good bookstores. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/wifedom-9780143787112
    Find out more about co-host Sarah Holland-Batt here: https://www.sarahhollandbatt.com/

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    • 43 min
    Chanel Contos on the fight for consent education

    Chanel Contos on the fight for consent education

    In this episode, Julia sits down with activist, sexual consent champion and a voice for her generation, Chanel Contos. Chanel was a catalyst for transforming how consent education works in Australia. In 2021, aged just 22, she sparked a national media storm when she exposed the alarming level of sexual assault in Sydney private schools. From here, the “Teach Us Consent” Campaign was born –  an online petition asking for sexual consent education in Australian schools, which quickly gained more than 44,000 signatures supported by over 6,500 testimonies of sexual assault. And less just a year later in 2022, this ground-breaking campaign resulted in fundamental changes to the Australian curriculum when holistic and age-appropriate consent education was introduced in every school, across every age group.
    Chanel takes us through this whirlwind journey – from that first day back in 2021, up until today, and reflects on everything she’s been up to along the way. From publishing her first book, Consent Laid Bare, to her work with young changemakers as the Chair of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership's Youth Committee. She and Julia talk activist burnout, how to engage everyone (especially young men and boys) in the conversation around consent, their optimism for the future and why it’s so important to be ruthless with systems and kind with people if we want to achieve lasting cultural change.
    CW: This episode covers themes of consent and sexual violence, and parts of this conversation may be distressing for some listeners. If this brings up anything for you, help is available by contacting the 24-hour national counselling service 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

DaisyS3033 ,

Global feminism, love it!

Very powerful women as guests, I’ve learned so much about gender equality & feminism from this show. And a lot about women’s experiences in different countries too.

D0ttylady ,

Great insights from global connversations

I just listened to the interview with Theresa May and really enjoyed learning more about this leader who fought unfair gender stereotypes throughout her time as the British prime minister. Every interview offers new insights and ideas, I would strongly recommend it. Julia Gillard does a fantastic job of keeping conversations grounded and making great connections with her interviewees.

Rosewood Robyn ,

Connected!

I live remotely, off the grid in a small log cabin on an island off the coast of Maine. I am deeply connected to my roots in the Lockyer Valley of Queensland. Julia's podcast keeps me company and in touch with the world of women's issues. My small kitchen becomes expansive whenever I tune into one of her podcasts. I immediately feel connected to so many people all around the world who are making change happen for the benefit of women and families.

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