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Not now, not ever : ten years on from the misogyny speech

ISBN: 9781761343445
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia (UBD)
Origin: AU
Release Date: February, 2024

Book Details

Then it was done. After staying silent, I’d had my say. At no time did I feel worked up or hotly angry. I felt strong, measured, controlled. Yet emotion did play its role in the energy of the speech. The frustration that sexism and misogyny could still be so bad in the twenty-first century. The toll of not pointing it out. On 9 October 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up and proceeded to make all present in Parliament House that day pay attention and left many of them squirming in their seats. The incisive ‘misogyny speech’ continues to energise and motivate women who need to stare down sexism and misogyny in their own lives. With contributions from Mary Beard, Jess Hill, Jennifer Palmieri, Katharine Murphy & members of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard explores the history & culture of misogyny, tools in the patriarchy’s toolbox, intersectionality, and gender and misogyny in the media and politics. We hear recollections from Wayne Swan, Anne Summers, Cate Blanchett, Brittany Higgins and others of where they were and how they first encountered the speech. While behaviours may have improved since the misogyny speech, there remains a way to go and Julia Gillard explores the roadmap for the future with next-generation feminists Sally Scales, Chanel Contos and Caitlin Figueiredo to motivate us with that rallying cry, Not now, not ever! Proceeds from the book will go to the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL).