Julia Banks shocked Australia when in 2018 she announced she would stand as an independent MP, resigning from the Coalition Government’s Liberal Party, having experienced a toxic workplace culture in the country’s centre of power. Julia doesn't just know what power looks like in a political sense; she made it to the top of her game in the legal and corporate sectors before running for parliament. And at every level, she had to navigate through the barriers and bias that can block, delay or deter women from attaining leadership roles.
This incredibly honest book reveals the unvarnished realities of what the path to leadership looks like, and shows why it's so important to have women in decision-making positions. Julia provides practical takeaways to overcoming and dismantling the gender politics that permeate any field: the unequal opportunities, sexism and workplace misconduct, the pressures around looks, age and family responsibilities, the difficulties in speaking out, and the systems that allow double standards to continue.
For anyone who is aspiring to a leadership role, Power Play will help you to navigate there. And for anyone who believes that women's voices need to be heard equally, it will inspire you to fight until that is our reality.