The Hon Susan Ryan AO. Photo by Lannon Harley.

The Hon Susan Ryan AO. Photo by Lannon Harley.

Champion of the disadvantaged

Q&A: Susan Ryan

The Hon Susan Ryan AO FAICD, MA ’74, Dr h. c. ’17 has had a remarkable career advancing equal opportunity legislation and policies for women as well as the rights of older Australians. She was the first woman to hold a cabinet post in a federal Labor government and Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner. In recognition of her achievements she has been awarded the 2018 ANU Alumna of the Year.

You’ve had a long and distinguished career. What motivated you to dedicate your life to public service?