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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.

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

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.

‘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


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.

Zoe Foster Blake

Funny, insightful and affirming, this book will have you fist pumping the air.

Clementine Ford

The book that I wish had been around when I was just starting out. So much wisdom. So much insight. And a reminder that together, we are stronger.

Lisa Wilkinson

Jamila has broken down what women actually need to know: the facts, the research, the history. It’s smart, engaging and sometimes downright hilarious.

Rosie Waterland

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 3, 2017


    336 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook


    July 3, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

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If little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice, then adult women are basically pavlova. Early in womanhood we are taught to please others, whether that is our parents or our teachers or our peers. We’re encouraged to behave nicely, follow all the rules and told that rewards will flow from that. By teenage-hood, popularity is the northern star for girls, guiding their every move. Those who achieve Peak Likeability reign supreme in the schoolyard, Queen Bees each and every one of them.

As adults, women learn to put the emotional needs of others ahead of their own. It is Mum, not Dad, who is expected to sacrifice her own fulfillment for that of her children. It is sister, not brother, who is presumed will take care of elderly relatives and drop the lasagne round when the next-door neighbour is sick.

Inevitably, the ugly shadow of these expectations infiltrates workplaces too. In the office, women stand back and let others have a turn rather than thrusting themselves forwards. We are polite, introduction deferential, helpful, and if we’re not we face social repercussions. Modesty is a mandatory workplace requirement lest women appear intimidating, pushy or, worst of all, ambitious. Where men are bold and visionary, women are aggressive and overbearing. Falling over themselves to appear nice and non-threatening, even the highest-achieving women in the world attribute their success to chance.

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