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Anne Summers Anne Summers i(A32302 works by) (birth name: Anne Cooper) (a.k.a. Anne Fairhurst Summers)
Born: Established: 1945 Deniliquin, Deniliquin area, Riverina - Murray area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Dr Anne Summers AO has had a wide ranging career in journalism and politics.

In her political career she was an adviser to Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating and ran the Office of the Status of Women from 1983 to 1986.

As a writer she has been an editor and journalist on numerous Australian and overseas newspapers and magazines.

She is a winner of the Walkley Award for journalism and in 1989 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to journalism and to women.

Her book Damned Whores and God's Police (1975), a history and critique of the role of women in Australia from the first fleet to the 1970s, has become an Australian classic.

In 1999 She published her autobiography entitled Ducks on the Pond : An Autobiography 1945-1976. Her work The End of Equality : Work, Babies and Women's Choices in 21st Century Australia (Random House Australia) was published in 2003.

In November 2012, she launched Anne Summers Reports, a free, email-only PDF of news and commentary.

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y separately published work icon The Misogyny Factor Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2013 7031698 2013 single work non-fiction

'In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks of their delivery Prime Minister Julia Gillards own speech about misogyny and sexism went viral and was celebrated around the world. Summers makes the case that Australia, the land of the fair go, still hasnt figured out how to make equality between men and women work. She shows how uncomfortable we are with the idea of women with political and financial power, let alone the reality. Summers dismisses the idea that we should celebrate progress for women as opposed to outright success. She shows what success will look like.'

Source: Trove. (Sighted: 13/2/2014)

2014 longlisted The Stella Prize
y separately published work icon The Lost Mother : A Story of Art and Love Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2009 Z1601631 2009 single work autobiography

'After her mother's death in 2005, Anne Summers inherits a portrait of her mother as a child. Mesmerised by this image, she finds herself drawn into the story of how the portrait was painted and eventually found its way into her family. She soon learns the artist painted another portrait of her mother; this time as the Madonna.

'In a gripping narrative that is part art history, part detective story and part meditation on the relations between mothers and daughters, Anne's search for the Madonna painting and the mysterious Russian émigré collector who bought both paintings takes her down unexpected paths. Her search soon turns into a parallel quest to rescue Constance Stokes, the artist, from obscurity, and to learn why the collector suddenly abandoned the paintings. Along the way Anne finds she must face the truth of the relationship she had with her mother.' (Provided by the publisher.)

2010 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Non-Fiction Prize
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