Odgers Berndtson kindly invited me to guest-edit the latest issue of Observe and it is my pleasure to introduce an edition focusing on women’s leadership. While the publication is primarily about women, that does not mean it is only for women.

Gender equality is something that affects everyone and, as you will read, has the potential to benefit everyone, too. We all lose out if it is dismissed as simply a “women’s issue”.

My commitment to furthering the cause of women’s leadership is a product of the life I have lived. Yet I know more is needed to achieve equality than the telling of personal anecdotes.

Businesses need hard evidence on which to base change strategies. Generating that kind of research is the mission of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at King’s College London, which I now chair.

Launched in 2018, GIWL is already looking to actively partner with businesses. I invite you to get in touch at giwl@kcl.ac.uk.

I hope that you find in these pages material that informs, inspires and ignites new efforts in your business to achieve a world where every girl and every boy can look forward to fair and equal treatment.


Rt. Hon Julia Gillard