Not just lucky - why women do the work but don't take the credit, by Jamila Rizvi

You'll literally be nodding, fist-pumping and yelling "YES!" throughout this book. It's all the things we need to know and should be talking more about. Consider this kinda like a modern Moxette's guide to knowing your worth and going for it.


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. 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.

  • Format: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 336
  • Published: June 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Australia

    Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. She is the Chief Creative Officer for the Nine Network's 'Future Women' and hosts their digital events offering. Jamila writes regular columns for The 'Sydney Morning Herald', 'The Age', 'The Good Weekend' and 'Sunday Life'. She is also a commentator on 'The Project', 'Today', 'The Drum' and 'ABC News Breakfast'. Jamila's best-selling book 'Not Just Lucky', a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in June 2017 and long listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2018. Her second book, an anthology of letters about the first three months of life with a newborn, called 'The Motherhood', was released in April 2017. Jamila has since edited 'Untold Resilience', a collection of stories about older Australian women, and written a children’s book called 'I’m a Hero Too', both released in October 2020. She has been named one of 'Australia’s 100 Women of Influence' by the Australian Financial Review, and is the 2020 Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership. Jamila is the co-founder of the popular event series 'Tea with Jam and Clare', which she hosts with singer Clare Bowditch. The event attracts audiences in their thousands each year and has an online community of 10,000 women. She is also the host of 'Anonymous Was a Woman' and co-host of 'The Briefing podcast'. Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics as an advisor to the Rudd and Gillard governments. She has advised governments at the highest levels on issues including employment, women, media, child care, and youth affairs. Jamila is an Ambassador for CARE Australia, and the RMH Neuroscience Foundation. She is a board member of the Melbourne’s Writer’s Festival and the 2020 Program Ambassador. Jamila holds bachelor degrees in law and commerce from the Australian National University, was President of the students' union in 2008 and was named as the university's Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy, very excitable five-year-old son, Rafi and a lot of washed but regrettably unfolded washing.


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