- 12 March 1945
- Journalist, Print Journalist, Writer, Feminist and Historian
An active feminist of the 1970s, who worked as a political adviser to Prime Minister, Mr Paul Keating. From 1983 to 1986 she was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Summers was a co-founder of the women's studies journal Refractory Girl and of a number of books including Damned Whores and God's Police: The Colonization of Women in Australia. Summers is a former editor of Good Weekend who regularly writes an opinion column for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is a winner of the Walkley Award for journalism and in 1989 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to journalism and to womens affairs.