Not Just lucky

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.


In the first six weeks after her son was born, Jamila Rizvi felt isolated, exhausted and frustrated – as if the world she knew had disappeared forever. Then her salvation came in the form of a letter. A dear friend – who had been there herself – wrote to tell her that she would get through this. That she was seen, and supported. That she was not alone.

Now Jamila wants to pay it forward to other new mothers. The Motherhood is a collection of warm, witty and wise letters from some of Australia’s favourite women, sharing what they wish they’d known in those first six weeks. Coming from writers with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, no two stories are alike – but all are generous and compassionate and deeply honest.

It takes a village to raise a child – and to support a mother. Here is your village. These sisters (with babes) in arms are here to share the joy, the fear and the 20/20 hindsight. And they will give you the strength and courage to share your own experience and kindness with other women in your life.