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Susan Ryan Biography – Susan Ryan Wiki
Susan Ryan (born Susan Maree Ryan) was an Australian politician and public servant. She was a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and held ministerial office in the Hawke Government as Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women (1983–1988), Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (1983–1984), Minister for Education (1984–1987), and Special Minister of State (1987–1988). She was the first woman from the ALP to serve in cabinet and was notably involved in the creation of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunities in Employment) Act 1986. Ryan served as a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory from 1975 to 1987. After leaving politics she served as the Age Discrimination Commissioner from 2011 to 2016, within the Australian Human Rights Commission.
In 1960 Ryan enrolled at the University of Sydney on a Teachers’ College scholarship, graduating in 1963 with a BA. She married her husband Richard Butler on 8 April 1963 at the Holy Family Church, Maroubra. On graduation she became a school teacher, then, after the birth of their first child, Justine, in 1964, she ran a small business from her Cremorne home, managing the Living Parish Hymn Book Publishing Company.
In 1965 the family moved to Canberra, Richard Butler having joined the Prime Minister’s Department, and Susan embarked on a Master of Arts degree in English literature at the Australian National University (ANU). While she was a postgraduate student, she undertook casual teaching and then a research job at the university. Her studies were interrupted when Butler, who had transferred to the Department of External Affairs, was posted as second secretary to the Australian Embassy in Vienna. They arrived in July 1966, and their second child, Benedict, was born there later that year. When the family returned to Australia in May 1969, Susan resumed her studies at ANU, tutored at the Canberra College of Advanced Education (CCAE) and became a foundation member of the Belconnen branch of the Australian Labor Party. In late 1970 a second posting took the family to New York, where Susan found that ‘All the intelligent women I met’ were ‘on fire with enthusiasm’ for feminism. Growing tensions within the marriage prompted her to return to Australia with the two children in June 1971. The couple divorced in 1972.
Susan Ryan Age
Susan Ryan was born on 10 October 1942, in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia. She died on 27 September 2020, in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia. She was 77 years old.
Susan Ryan Partner
Susan Ryan’s partner Rory Sutton is a former ABC journalist and manager.
Susan Ryan Husband
Susan Ryan married Richard Butler, then a research assistant to the director of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, on 8 April 1963 at the Holy Family Church, Maroubra. They divorced in 1972.
Susan Ryan Children
Susan Ryan had two children; daughter Justine, born in 1964, and son Benedict, born in 1966.
Susan Ryan Family
Susan Ryan was the daughter of Florence Ena (née Hodson) and Arthur Francis Aloysius Ryan. Her mother worked as a sales assistant and her father was a public servant.
Susan Ryan Death
Susan Ryan died on 27 September 2020 at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. She fell ill after going for a swim on 25 September 2020 and had been in intensive care at Prince of Wales Hospital since then.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese tweeted: “Susan Ryan achieved historic firsts – as the first female Labor minister and the first female Minister for Women. But in a life dedicated to women’s rights and equality, Susan achieved something even bigger – that while she was the first, she would never be the last. Vale.”
Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, tweeted: “I am shocked and saddened that we have lost feminist hero and Labor giant, Susan Ryan. Every Australian’s life has been improved by her leadership on gender equality. She blazed the trail for Labor women, including me. I honour a woman of courage and true believer.”
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, said in a statement: “This is a sad day for Susan’s loved ones, and a sad day for Australia. We have lost a true pioneer of social change, who leaves behind a great legacy. Susan was a tremendous colleague, leader and innovator. She had an impact on everyone who was lucky enough to know her. On behalf of my colleagues and I at the Commission, we send our deepest sympathies to Susan’s partner Rory, her children and her grandson whom she adored.”
Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner, The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO said in a statement: “Susan Ryan championed the rights of women, older Australians and people with disabilities fiercely and effectively with great compassion. I valued her support when we served together in the Senate and am indebted to her for her wise counsel and advice when I took on the role of Age Discrimination Commissioner after her term ended. She was a social pioneer in every way and so many have and will benefit from her passionate advocacy.”
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr. Ben Gauntlett said, “Susan Ryan’s contribution as Disability Discrimination Commissioner will benefit generations of Australians. Her outstanding work on Willing to Work, the National Inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability, was a landmark report that highlighted the value of employing people with disability. She will be missed.”
Susan Ryan Cause of Death – Susan Ryan Cause of Death Australia
Susan Ryan’s cause of death was not revealed.
Susan Ryan Illness
Susan Ryan’s nature of illness was not revealed. She fell ill after going for a swim on 25 September 2020 and had been in intensive care at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick until her death on 27 September 2020.
Susan Ryan Net Worth
Susan Ryan’s net worth is unclear.