Anne Summers: Her Story
Anne Summers is a person of phenomenal energy and copious talent. She's an editor, a publisher, a writer, an activist and, for many, the godmother of Australian feminism.
She's also a memoirist. Summers’s ninth book, Unfettered and Alive, chronicles the fierce debates ignited by her first: the groundbreaking, bestselling Damned Whores and God's Police. It details, too, her progress as a journalist through the ranks of Australia's major mastheads and her work setting up the federal Office for the Status of Women, under Bob Hawke. There are also, of course, the years in New York City – working on feminist titles Ms and Sassy – and her return to Australia to helm Good Weekend and Greenpeace International.
How are the challenges of feminism changing? Where are debates around equality in Australia getting stuck, and where is there reason for optimism? And which issues animate Summers today? In conversation with Susan Carland, Summers discusses these questions and more.
Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She is author of nine books, including the classic Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother, and The Misogyny Factor.
Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and she is the director of the Bachelor of Global Studies, also at Monash University.
Her first book, Fighting Hislam, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2017, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Age, the Saturday Paper, in academic publications and in numerous anthologies.