Susan Ryan, the first woman to serve in a Labor federal cabinet and who later became the first Age Discrimination Commissioner, has died aged 77.
Tributes poured in for Ms Ryan on Sunday, attesting to her trailblazing role as a feminist and human rights campaigner and her political achievements as the ACT’s first female Senator, a position she held for 12 years.
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she was shocked and saddened by the news of Ms Ryan’s death, describing her as a “feminist hero and Labor giant”.
“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,” Ms Gillard tweeted.