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Anne Summers: Her Story


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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 will answer these questions and more.

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This event will be Auslan interpreted.


Anne Summers

Dr Anne Summers AO is a journalist, researcher, commentator and best-selling author of nine books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975, and still in print. Her most recent book Unfettered and Alive, a memoir, was published in 2018. In 2021 Anne was appoint... Read more

Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University, and is a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow and a Churchill fellow, researching the intersection between gender, Islamophobia, and social cohesion. Susan hosted the television qui... Read more


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