Tuesday, 8 March 2016 - 5:30pm
For over 100 years International Women’s Day has been marked around the world with celebrations and calls for action to achieve women’s equality. This year we are marking this important day by hosting a conversation between journalist and author Anne Summers AO and Deputy Leader of the federal Opposition Tanya Plibersek MP. In 1975 Anne Summers published Damned Whores and God’s Police, a landmark work and one of the most influential bestsellers of the past 40 years. Now, 41 years later, NewSouth are publishing a new edition of this ground-breaking book. To celebrate the release of this new, updated edition, which is as insightful and relevant as ever, Tanya and Anne will explore the extent to which Australian women’s lives have changed for the better. They will ask whether it still makes sense to refer to them as either ‘damned whores’ or “God’s police’ and what remains to be done to achieve full equality. It promises to be a fascinating conversation between two notable Australian women who have both made their mark in fighting for women’s equality. Anne Summers AO Anne Summers AO is an author and journalist and pioneering feminist. She was head of the Office of the Status of Women during the Hawke government and an advisor to Prime Minister Paul Keating. Her most recent book is The Misogyny Factor (NewSouth 2013). Her other books include the acclaimed autobiography Ducks on the Pond (1999) and The Lost Mother: a story of art and love (2009). She is the editor and publisher of the on-line magazine Anne Summers Reports and convenor of Anne Summers Conversations. Tanya Plibersek MP Tanya Plibersek MP is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Federal Member for Sydney. Tanya was previously the Minister for Health. Her other ministerial appointments have included Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Human Services, Minister for the Status of Women, and Minister for Housing. Tanya grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and is the daughter of migrants from Slovenia. Like many newly arrived migrants, Tanya’s parents helped build the country in which they made their new home. Her father worked on the Snowy River hydroelectric scheme in the 1950s. Tanya holds a BA Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University. Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the Domestic Violence Unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change. Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and her three children, Anna, Joseph and Louis.