24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Jamila Rizvi

Over the past five years, Jamila Rizvi has firmly established herself as the preeminent voice of young Australian women online. She is a columnist for News Limited, a presenter for Fox FM and a regular television commentator for shows including The Project and The Drum.

Jamila is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites. Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister Kate Ellis. In 2014 she was named one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30, in 2015, she was listed as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and in 2017 was named one of Melbourne’s Most Influential Women Under 40 by The Weekly Review. Jamila lives in Melbourne with her husband and an impossible toddler. Not Just Lucky is her debut book.


Canberra Writers Festival events

Women at Work

Hear leading lights in Australian women’s advocacy talk about what can be done to level this grossly uneven seesaw and why Australia would benefit from helping women achieve their rightful place at work.

Friday 25th August 2017, 3:15pm. Library Theatre, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


Girls Night In: Live and Dangerous

Sunday 27th August 2017, 7:00pm. Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $38.25; Concession $33.15; Junior $22.45; Duo (admits two) $67.30


Canberra Writers Festival events - host

Tracey Spicer in conversation with Jamila Rizvi

Sunday 27th August 2017, 11:00am. Library Theatre, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the Book

Australian women are suffering from a crisis of confidence about work. Accustomed to being overlooked and undervalued, even when women do get to the top, they explain their success away as ‘luck’. But it’s not. 

Not Just Lucky exposes the structural and cultural disadvantages that rob women of their confidence – often without them even realising it. It’s a practical toolkit that will help you overcome imposter syndrome, deal with difficult bosses, avoid burnout, and finally put your hand up for that big promotion.  

Drawing on case studies, detailed research and her own experience in politics and media, Jamila Rizvi is the warm, witty and wise friend you’ve been waiting for. She’ll give you everything you need to start fighting for your own success and for a more inclusive, equal workplace for all. (She’ll also bring the red wine.) 

This unashamedly feminist career manifesto is for women who worry they’ll look greedy if they ask for more money. It’s for women who dream big but dread the tough conversations. It’s for women who get nervous, stressed and worried, and seem to overthink just about everything.  

It will help you realise that you’re not just lucky. You’re brilliant. 

‘Feisty and inquisitive – a fresh take on modern feminist issues.’ Julia Gillard 

‘Gentle, intelligent, meaningful and uncomfortably true career advice, and a huge high-five to sisterhood. Read it.’ Zoë Foster Blake 

‘Funny, insightful and affirming, this book will have you fist pumping the air.’ Clementine Ford

Not Just Lucky is published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

Jamila's Instagram.

Why young blokes want wives who stay at home, News.com.au, April 2017.

Jamila Rizvi: Five facts to fight Sonia Kruger's fear of Muslims, News.com.au, July 2016.

Julia Gillard in conversation with Jamila Rizvi, Sydney Writers' Festival, 2015 [soundcloud].

Economics, Regulations & One Word, Q & A, 2015 [video].



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