Julia Gillard’s three years and three days as Australia’s first female prime minister were tumultuous, to say the very least.
She took over as prime minister in what Americans might consider a coup and was ousted from her leadership role by members of her own party. In between, she delivered her so-called misogyny speech in Parliament in reaction to comments about sexism from opposition leader Tony Abbott. Gillard, who had been the target of sexist criticism of her hair, body image, and unmarried state during her tenure, told Abbott that if he wanted to see what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he ought to look in the mirror. Viewers have watched her remarks on YouTube 2.5 million times.
And yet, when asked at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit in London on Monday to counsel Hillary Clinton on being the first woman to hold a prominent role, Gillard nearly side-stepped…
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