“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever,” said Gillard. Now, that last line which has become so famous will also serve as the title for Gillard’s book, coming out 10 years after her parliamentary address.
Not Now, Not Ever will be released by Penguin on 5th October, 2022 and is set to explore the history of misogyny in Australia, as well as providing a roadmap on how we can do better and create a greater discourse around feminism. “For me, it is a personal and cathartic exercise looking back at THAT speech,” Gillard tweeted, following the book announcement. “But what has meant even more has been gathering the reflections and thoughts from others about then, now, and what next.”
In the book, Gillard will shed light on her own personal experiences around misogyny in the workplace, while also turning to experts to share their thoughts on the matter. Amongst those featured are Kathy Lette, who examines how the speech resurfaced on TikTok years after Julia Gillard left parliament, while Cate Blanchett and Brittany Higgins also recall the first time they heard it. Next-generation feminists like Sally Scales, Chanel Contos and Caitlin Figuerado also provide insights into the history of misogyny in Australia and what they feel needs to be done to see it eradicated, with greater opportunities provided for women in all aspects of life.