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  • Not Now, Not Ever

  • Ten Years on from the Misogyny Speech
  • By: Julia Gillard
  • Narrated by: Virginie Laverdure
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Not Now, Not Ever

By: Julia Gillard
Narrated by: Virginie Laverdure
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This audiobook includes the original recording of the misogyny speech.

Then it was done. After staying silent, I'd had my say. At no time did I feel worked up or hotly angry. I felt strong, measured, controlled.

Yet emotion did play its role in the energy of the speech. The frustration that sexism and misogyny could still be so bad in the twenty-first century. The toll of not pointing it out.

On 9 October 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up and proceeded to make all present in Parliament House that day pay attention - and left many of them squirming in their seats. The incisive 'misogyny speech', as her words came to be known, continues to energise and motivate women who need to stare down sexism and misogyny in their own lives.

With contributions from Mary Beard, Jess Hill, Jennifer Palmieri, Katharine Murphy and members of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership, Julia Gillard explores the history and culture of misogyny, tools in the patriarchy's toolbox, intersectionality, and gender and misogyny in the media and politics.

Kathy Lette looks at how the speech has gained a new life on TikTok, as well as inspiring other tributes and hand-made products, and we hear recollections from Wayne Swan, Anne Summers, Cate Blanchett, Brittany Higgins and others of where they were and how they first encountered the speech.

While behaviours may have improved since the misogyny speech, there remains a way to go and Julia Gillard explores the roadmap for the future with next-generation feminists Sally Scales, Chanel Contos and Caitlin Figueiredo to motivate us with that rallying cry: Not now, not ever!

Proceeds from the book will go to the Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL).
©2022 Julia Gillard (P)2022 Penguin Random House Australia

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  • 05-10-2022

I will not.

Someone (probably Tony Abbot) has left a negative review of a book that hasn't even been released yet. I won't stand for that bullshit. I will not. Not now, not ever.

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A must read

This is an extraordinary collection of snippets, essays, and perspectives on the history of misogyny, its insidiousness and impact on our societal structures, and the roadmap of changes were yet to make to address it. A fairly galvanising “call to arms” for women and men alike.

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loved it!

Such an enjoyable listen. I would go to sleep to it, wake up to it and I couldn't get enough. I'm very sad it's over

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gratitude

felt a bit sad at the beginning we are still talking about and dealing with misogyny and sexism. By the end was enthused and encouraged by the young voices and felt more equipped to keep calling out patriarchy that holds us all back. #notnownotever

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A joining of the dots of misogyny through history

A world famous speech that has given strength to how misogyny is used and continues to be used.
A great read for generations who want change and equality.

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Wow what a well put together book.

I truly believe this would make for a great choice of book for all Secondary School syllabus, reinforcing what the younger generation are already doing for equality and why it is so important.

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a book for every person

this is a book for every person, young and old. change is happening and you are the change. an mpowering and necessary piece of literature.

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Insightful analysis of contemporary misogyny and feminism

Julia Gillard and her feminist contributors have collated an amazing piece of work which articulates the ongoing misogyny in Australian and international contexts. This book should be on every 18 year old’s to read list.

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Such an important book

This is something everyone should read, both men and women. It clearly explains misogyny and sexism & provides hope for a better life for all women.

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Powerful piece

Highly recommend this as an important documentation of where we are in the narrative of sexism and mysogyny today. A must read.

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