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Jamila Rizvi
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Jamila Rizvi

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Jamila Rizvi is the author of the bestselling Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women, and The Motherhood, an anthology of letters about life with a newborn.
Jamila is Editor-at-Large of the Nine Network’s Future Women, host of their podcast Future Women Weekly and weekly columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is also a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum and Q and A, and an occasional host on ABC Radio Melbourne.
Jamila is the co-founder of the popular event series Tea with Jam and Clare, which attracts an audience of thousands each year. She previously worked in politics for the Rudd and Gillard Governments, advising on issues including media, women, childcare and employment. Jamila is an Ambassador for CARE Australia and board member of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Jamila has been named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy, son Rafi and many loads of clean but regrettably unfolded washing.

Books by Jamila Rizvi

The Motherhood

Australia's favourite women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn, in this funny, moving collection edited by Jamila Rizvi

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I'm a Hero Too

The perfect picture book for families with young children to share and make sense of the changes in their lives brought about by Covid 19 and to bring reassurance.

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Not Just Lucky

Media star Jamila Rizvi’s exploration of the confidence deficit holding women back, the barriers to career success this can create, and how they might be overcome. Accessible and timely, this is essential reading for millennial women.

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Feelings and stuff

Jamila Rizvi on why emotional intelligence is the new black.

Welcome to The Motherhood, my dear.

Jamila Rizvi on the early experiences of motherhood that inspired her and so many other women to share their stories.

Jamila Rizvi – Not Just Lucky

Jamila Rizvi demonstrates how women are made to feel the need to apologise for themselves at work - and they shouldn’t have to. NOT JUST LUCKY is out now – https://penguin.com.au/books/not-just-lucky-9780143783534

Bob Bilby by Bluey | Read Aloud by Jamila Rizvi

Author, presenter and political commentator Jamila Rizvi reads BOB BILBY by Bluey. Find out more: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/bluey-bob-bilby-9781760896638 #BobBilby #Bluey #JamilaRizvi

Bluey: Bob Bilby | Read aloud by Jamila Rizvi

Buy now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/bluey-bob-bilby-9781760896638 It’s Bingo’s turn to take Bob Bilby home. Will they have fun times? A gorgeous board book for kids of all ages. Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show. #BlueyBooks #BobBilby #JamilaRizvi

Australia’s top 12 kids books for Christmas 2020

Twelve predictions of Christmas-time bestsellers for preschoolers, juniors and teens.

I'm a Hero Too activity pack

You can join Arty and be a hero too!

Let's read a story together

Picture books read aloud by Matt Preston, Zoë Foster Blake and more!