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Not Just Lucky : Why women do the work but don't take the credit - Jamila Rizvi

Not Just Lucky

Why women do the work but don't take the credit

Paperback Published: 3rd July 2017
ISBN: 9780143783534
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

About the Author

Over the past five years, Jamila Rizvi has firmly established herself as the preeminent voice of young Australian women online. As a writer, presenter, interviewer and commentator, Jamila injects her own special brand of humour, irreverence and authenticity into the public debate. She has more than 65,000 highly engaged social media followers across Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Jamila is an accomplished host, interviewer and commentator, appearing regularly on, The Project, The Feed, The Drum and ABC News Breakfast. She has also appeared on Q and A, The Verdict, Studio 10, Today, 7.30, A Current Affair and The Morning Show. Jamila wrote, produced and hosted the popular ABC iView series “What’s Going on Canberra” with comedian Rosie Waterland in 2016. She is also a digital columnist for News Limited, where she writes regularly about everything from politics to pop culture to parenting. Her columns have also been published by Mamamia, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Ventura Press.

Jamila is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites, which reach more than 2 million women each month. In 2014 Jamila was named one of Cosmopolitan's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30 and in 2015, was listed as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. Jamila was a finalist for Best Newcomer in the 2014 Women In Media Awards and under her stewardship Mamamia was named 'Brand of the Year' in 2013.

Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister Kate Ellis. Having advised governments at the very highest levels, she has extensive experience in policy areas including women, media, child care, employment and youth.

Industry Reviews

‘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.’ - Zoë Foster Blake

‘Funny, insightful and affirming, this book will have you fist pumping the air.’ - Clementine Ford

Pretty good book


I think this is an excellent book. Full of practical advice for women, and men alike, regardless of their stage of career. I found myself using it as kind of a reference book where I looked for tips and advice when encountering different situations and made me reflect on some career decisions that I made so far. Wish I had read it earlier.



Useful, funny, and TRUE


Jamila Rivzi collates evidence and research speaking to common experiences of women in the workforce. She makes it clear from the outset that she writes from a feminist perspective and the book is filled with anecdotes and stories that closely mimic my own experiences, which was at times a shock. She also clarifies that the experiences she relates could apply to more than just women, and she is right about that as the males in my life would attest after having me bug them with passages read aloud! The no-nonsense tone and practical advice paves the way for women to address disparity and overcome bias in a productive and mutually beneficial way. We rise by lifting others, and we are strong when we intentionally and actively push back against socialised views and behaviours that may not be in our best interest. I would recommend this book unreservedly to my colleagues, friends, and family. Read it!

Melbourne, Australia




Have a huge girl crush on Jamilla and am loving her book. She writes as she speaks, honestly, passionately and with purpose.



Just So Right!


Loving this book. Just what i needed after being back to full time work with my first bubs who went into day care at 8 months. I want the best of both worlds and this is a great read



A must read for all women aged 16 and up


I can't recommend this book highly enough and, in fact, have already recommended it to almost every woman I know. Jamila Rizvi's writing makes you feel like you're getting careful, considered, yet utterly frank advice from an old friend over a glass of wine. I found myself nodding, underlining paragraphs and amen-ing throughout the book as I recognised myself and women around in me in the stories and scenarios Jamila uses to illustrate her point. She masterfully dissects the societal pressures and conditioning that shape how we move through the world and - just when you think all hope is lost - she builds you back up again and proves the power of having knowledge and confidence to challenge those norms. Not Just Lucky is a modern day guidebook to manoeuvring the world as an Australian woman no matter your workplace or geographic location. I've already used some of the insights I've gained to rethink my approach to the workplace, and have no doubt I'll come back to those underlined, dog-eared pages many times more in the years to come.

Brisbane, Australia


Well written, interesting perspective


A great contemporary feminist book, highly recommended.

Perth, WA


Not Just Lucky

4.8 6


ISBN: 9780143783534
ISBN-10: 014378353X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd July 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1