YWCA Canberra Presents Julia Gillard in Conversation

Presenter/s: Julie McKay, YWCA Canberra Board Director and Executive Director of UN Women Australia

Event type: Book launch

Event date: Monday, 10 November 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Event venue: National Portrait Gallery, Gordon Darling Hall & Terrace Rooms King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT

YWCA Canberra is proud to announce it will be hosting the Canberra launch of Julia Gillard’s biography, My Story.

Ms Gillard’s three years as Australia’s first female Prime Minister will be remembered as one of the most volatile and dramatic periods in Australia’s recent political history.

Her frank and personal memoir tells her story: what it was like to govern with a hung Parliament, face unrelenting hostility from the media, while staying true to her core values of creating an equitable and world-class education system, and ensuring a dignified future for Australians with disabilities.

YWCA Canberra Executive Director, Frances Crimmins, said she was honoured to be involved in the event.

"YWCA Canberra has fostered women’s leadership in the Canberra community since 1929, and so it’s a natural fit for us to be hosting this exciting event. As our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard forged a path that many women, until that time, had thought was unobtainable. Despite the obstacles and hostility she faced, she remained true to her values and showed incredible resilience and grace under pressure. We think her experience is immensely important to share with local women and girls, so that they too recognise that the most high profile leadership roles are not beyond them.”

Hosted by YWCA Canberra, the book launch at the National Portrait Gallery will be an intimate event with Julia Gillard in conversation with Julie McKay, YWCA Canberra Board Director and Executive Director of UN Women Australia.

Tickets are now on sale and are strictly limited. Bookings can be made through YWCA Canberra’s website at www.ywca-canberra.org.au

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