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Dr Anne Summers: The Misogyny Effect

Thursday, 15 November 2012

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Leading feminist writer Dr Anne Summers AO visited ECU’s Joondalup Campus on Monday, 12 November, presenting ideas from her new book in a speech titled The Misogyny Effect: Julia Gillard and the politics of sexism.

Dr Summers visited the University as part of the School of Psychology and Social Science’s Social Justice Research Centre third annual Just World Seminar Series.

Dr Summers made headlines around Australia and the world earlier this year for a speech on the topic of sexism in Federal Parliament.

At ECU, Dr Summers expanded on this, discussing the treatment of Australia’s first female Prime Minister by politicians, the media and the public.

Her previous speech coincided with Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s now famous speech on the subject of sexism and misogyny in Australia.

Dr Summers discussed some of the progress made by women in Australia since heading the Office of the Status of Women in the early 1990s. However she said there was still a long way to go.

In introducing Dr Summers, ECU’s Foundation Chair in Social Justice, Professor Caroline Taylor AM, said the centre and indeed ECU were fortunate to have one of Australia’s iconic feminist authors and thinkers visit the University as a guest speaker.

Professor Taylor noted that Dr Summer’s first book Damned Whores and God’s Police is widely recognised as a classical text - being in print for 33 years - and that its essential messages sadly remained relevant in the 21st century.

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