On International Women’s Day, we salute Labor’s first Minister for Women, Susan Ryan AO.
We thank you for the 46 years you have served our party and the lifetime of service you have given the women of Australia.
You are a continuing inspiration for all of us who believe in the power of politics to deliver a more equal Australia.
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As a co-creator of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, you carried the fight for reproductive rights and fair pay through to the election of the Whitlam Government.
You introduced the media to a raw, and very real side of wage inequality, oppressive reproductive laws and lack of access to proper education and training for women.
It was ground-breaking – and you were brilliant.
You showed a generation ‘a woman’s place is in the Senate’ and a feminist’s place is in politics.
You lit the way for the next generation.
We know it wasn’t easy. The Sex Discrimination Act and The Affirmative Action Act were hard-fought and hard-won.
When others urged caution, you showed courage. When others counselled delay, you chose action.