Gillard to give talks on 10 year anniversary of misogyny speech

By Anna Macdonald

July 12, 2022

Julia Gillard
Gillard is set to give two talks in October looking at her speech’s impact and what it means for the future, with one talk in Sydney and one in Melbourne.  (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Australia’s first and only female prime minister, Julia Gillard, will be giving talks in October to mark the 10-year anniversary of her anti-misogyny speech directed at then-leader of the opposition Tony Abbott for his accusation of her of being sexist. 

The speech occurred in parliament on 9 October 2012. Gillard is set to give two talks looking at her speech’s impact and what it means for the future, with one talk in Sydney and one in Melbourne. 

“I will not be lectured by misogyny and sexism by this man, I will not,” Gillard said in the opening lines of her address.

“And the government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. 

“Not now, not ever.”

Gillard has written a book about the speech, available on October 5 prior to the talks, titled Not Now, Not Ever, calling it a ‘cathartic experience’.

“But what has meant even more has been gathering the reflections and thoughts from others about then, now, and what next,” the former prime minister said. 

Proceeds from both the book and tickets from the event will be directed to the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. Other people featured in the book include Wayne Swan, Brittany Higgins, Deborah Mailman, and Cate Blanchett.

Gillard has since publicly reflected on the speech, commenting she felt it overshadowed her other accomplishments.

“There was a time where I was a little resentful that all those years in politics, and all of that work, and everything we did … that all of it apparently came down to one moment in time, one speech,” she told ABC in September 2019. 

“But I’m reconciled with it now and I understand that when people are writing things about me — including writing my obituary, hopefully in many years to come — that it’s going to feature in there.”

Since 2012, the speech has taken on an interesting legacy, notably gaining popularity as a sound on TikTok. 

A video from TikTok user @minorfauna in 2020, featuring the speech remixed with Doja Cat’s Boss Bitch, has 1.6 million views at the time of writing. The sound itself has been reused in other TikTok videos 1,180 times. 


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