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Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister of Australia

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard is the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Australia. Taking the reins during a particularly turbulent period in the country's history, she made access to quality education the top priority of her government's economic development agenda. After leaving office in 2013, Gillard took her advocacy for education—particularly for girls—to the international stage as a Distinguished Fellow with the Brookings Institution's Center for Universal Education, as chair of the Global Partnership for Education, and as Patron of Camfed (Campaign for Female Education). In addition, she was recently appointed Chancellor of Dūcere Global Business School, serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia. In her engaging and candid memoir, My Story, Gillard reflects on her years in public service and the challenges of realizing her ideals at the highest political levels.