• International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women, to honour the struggles of those who fought to get us where we are today, and to remind ourselves of what we still need to do if we are to achieve equality. There is still so much unfinished business. Women still do not participate in the workforce in … Read More

  • TEDxSouthBankWomen

    Anne SummersTEDxSouthBankWomenPosted by Anne Summers on 01 January 2013

    Video is now available of my speech at TEDxSouthBankWomen, held on the 1st December at the State Library of Queensland. TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are … Read More


  • In the early 1980s when I headed the Office of the Status of Women during the Hawke government I used to travel the country giving speeches about how women were faring. One of the positive trends I liked to identify was the significant increase in women’s earnings in relation to men’s. Sure, women still earned only 80.1¢ for every dollar … Read More


  • A new prize to honour women’s writing (similar to the Orange Prize in the UK) is being founded by a group of young women writers. They asked me to speak at the launch of the prize, in Melbourne in early September.  Stella of course refers to Stella Miles Franklin, the writer whose bequest has enabled the Miles Franklin prize to … Read More


  •       There is something missing from this glowing self-congratulatory history of the 40 years of Ms. magazine. What could it be?


  • Time we had this discussion.  Read article


  • My Keynote Address to the National Labor Women’s Conference in Brisbane on May 14 in which I celebrate Labor’s success in women’s political leadership but call on the government to take urgent action to improve women’s workforce participation by addressing equality in employment via the EOWA legislation, and to radically reform childcare. Nat Labor Women’s Conference 2011 rev


  • I visited Strathcona (which is in Melbourne) on Friday April 29, including a visit to Tay Creggan, their Year 9 campus, which of course features in my book The Lost Mother. My mother’s portrait hung on the walls of Tay Creggan from 1933 until 1969 when my grandmother finally was able to buy it.  I was interviewed by a student … Read More


  • Australia Day lunch, Sydney January 21, 2011 l to r: Anne Summers, Eva Cox, Premier Kristina Keneally, Justice Elizabeth Evatt, Governor Marie Bashir, Germaine Greer. Click the photo for a larger version.

  • The Stamp

    Anne SummersThe StampPosted by Anne Summers on 01 January 2011

      Click the stamp for a larger version. Here’s a link to one of the many new stories: SMH 20 Jan 2011 And click here for some of the comments on Facebook.