Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir

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Allen & Unwin, 2018 - Authors, Australian - 496 pages
'I was born into a world that expected very little of women like me. We were meant to tread lightly on the earth, influencing events through our husbands and children, if at all. We were meant to fade into invisibility as we aged. I defied all of these expectations and so have millions of women like me.' This is the exhilarating story of Anne Summers' extraordinary career as a journalist, author, policy maker, political advisor, bureaucrat, board member, editor, publisher, and political activist. Her story has her travelling around the world as she moves from job to job, in newspapers and magazines, advising prime ministers, leading feminists debates, presiding over Greenpeace International, writing memorable and influential books. Anne has not been afraid to walk away from success and to satisfy her constant restlessness by charging down new and risky paths. Whatever position she has held, she has expanded what's possible and helped us see things differently. Anne shares revealing stories about the famous and powerful people she has worked with or reported on, and is refreshingly frank about her own anxieties and mistakes as well as her at times heart-breaking family story of violence and ultimate reconciliation. Unfettered and Alive is a provocative and inspiring memoir by a woman who broke through so many boundaries to show what women can do.--

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About the author (2018)

Anne Summers was the editor of Ms. Magazine from 1986 to 1992 and the chair of Greenpeace International from 2000-2006. She is the author of eight books, including Damned Whores and God's Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother, and The Misogyny Factor. In the early 1970s she helped start Australia's first women's refuge. In the mid-1980s, she ran Australia's federal Office of the Status of Women. In 1989 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her services to journalism and to women. She lives in New York City.

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