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When Christine Lagarde watched the YouTube footage of Julia Gillard's famous 2012 "misogyny" attack in federal parliament on Tony Abbott, it resonated powerfully with her. "I certainly could relate to that," says Lagarde, who was the first woman to lead a global law firm (in 1999), to be the finance minister of a major industrial country (2007), and to run the International Monetary Fund, where she now oversees $1 trillion of loan capacity as the lender of last resort to troubled nations. Strikingly elegant with a penchant for Chanel designs and eye-catching jewellery, the tall and charismatic Frenchwoman has been...

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