Julia Gillard makes education a top priority as Australia's first female prime minister
Julia Gillard, as 27th prime minister 2010-13, achieved the ultimate political goal for Australian women.
She had previously deputy prime minister and minister for education, employment and workplace relations, and social inclusion in the Labor government 2007-2010.
Born in Barry, Wales, Gillard migrated with her family to Adelaide in 1966. She attended Mitcham Demonstration School and Unley High School then onto Adelaide University.
Gillard moved to Melbourne in 1982 to work with the Australian Union of Students and completed her law and arts degrees at Melbourne University.
In 1987, she joined the law firm Slater & Gordon, specialising in industrial law, then served as chief of staff to Victorian opposition leader John Brumby, leading to federal politics.
Gillard became prime minister when Kevin lost his party’s support but she had to deal with a hung parliament after the 2010 election.
Gillard resigned after losing the leadership to Rudd in 2013.